About the Match
Durham lost yet another game on Tuesday taking their total loss tally to five. It was against Nottinghamshire this time who appeared in top-notch form in the recently concluded match. Nottinghamshire will now take on Worcestershire at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on 26th May 2017. Although Worcestershire and Nottinghamshire are currently placed in the same spectrum of the points table, the points difference between the two teams is considerable. Nottinghamshire have garnered six points from five matches where as Worcestershire have only one point to their name.
Nottinghamshire continued their lucky run at their home ground with a win against Durham. They registered their first win in the third game after facing two losses and haven't looked back since. They've won three games consecutively with each of those wins being remarkable in its own way.
Against Derbyshire, it was their beautiful batting display which propelled them to a colossal total of 227. Openers looked good before the rain came in while playing against Northamptonshire and Notts won by D/L method. In their most recent encounter, against Durham, bowlers did extremely well to restrict them to a paltry total which was chased easily by the batsmen.
Nottinghamshire are currently placed in the bottom half of the table, but a win here could take them at par with the top teams in their group. Considering the form they're in, it won't be surprising if Notts end up in the top couple of teams after this all-important game.
Chasing a huge total in their previous match, Worcestershire failed to win the match, but Whitney won the hearts of many with his fabulous six hitting ability. Worcestershire are second from the bottom in the points table and although a win won't bring about any change in their position, it would certainly make their task a little easier.
Worcestershire bowlers were inaccurate and listless as they gave away 233 runs in 20 overs with David Willey smashing a brutal ton. John Hastings was clobbered for 58 runs in his 3 overs which itself is a record. Mitchell Santner was a calming influence as he gave away just 23 runs in his four overs when the team, on the whole, was smashed at a rate of over 11-and-a-half runs an over.
Worcestershire is a strong team, but they haven't really got going in this year's edition. Their bowlers have failed to restrict the run flow and batsmen haven't been prepared to grind it out in the middle. If they can improve their performance, there's every chance for them to give Nottinghamshire a run for their money.
Nottinghamshire is having a brilliant run in the competition and are yet placed in the bottom half of the points table. They've played a couple of fewer games than a few others so that works to their advantage. With strong batting line-up and a phenomenal at home record, Nottinghamshire are likely to prevail over Worcestershire in this important fixture.