About the Match
Yorkshire leads the North Group with 11 points and will take on hosts Nottinghamshire, who are placed 7th on the table with 7 points, on 30th July at Trent Bridge, Nottingham for their next match. The visitors have won their last two games, against Durham and Worcestershire and will fight hard to maintain their top ranking. Nottingham, on the other hand, suffered defeat against the Worcs but won the game against Durham by 9 wickets. The last time these two teams met, Yorkshire had emphatically won the match and will try to outwit the hosts again.
Medium-pacer Gurney had found success against Yorkshire the last time they met, claiming 3-49 while spinner Samit Patel had been the most economical with 1-26. However, they couldn’t put up a disciplined spell and ended up facing a stiff target of 228. Alex Hales did well with the bat, posting 47 off 26 while Daniel Christian, Mullaney and Moores kept the scoreboard ticking; but they lost the match by a massive 49 runs.
In the recent match against Durham, Samit Patel spun his magic and took 3-26 to stun the opposition; speedsters like Luke Wood, Jake Ball, Mullaney, and Gurney struck hard to dismiss batsmen at regular intervals and get them all out for just 123 runs. Michael Wessels posted a heroic unbeaten 49 and along with Alex Hales and Brendan Taylor, he steered the team to a fine win by 9 wickets.
They come here at the back of a loss against Worcestershire after the bowlers failed to contain the opposition and the batsmen fell in the chase for 209 runs despite an excellent show by openers Wessels and Hales, who scored 49 and 63 runs respectively. Jake Ball, Sodhi, Patel, and Mullaney are in good form, and we can expect them to do better in front of the home crowd.
The Yorks have been on a winning spree and having defeated the Notts earlier in the tournament, they surely will be a confident unit on Sunday to repeat the feat. Opener Adam Lyth, who had posted a scintillating 82 off 50 against Notts has not done too well recently after he got duck-out against Durham. Shaun Marsh too had done well against Notts, scoring an unbeaten 60 off 37 and he continues to do well with the bat along with others like David Willey, who posted a thumping 118 off 55 against the Worcs.
They are a pretty strong batting unit and their bowling too impresses as much. Fast-bowlers Steven Patterson, Willey and Tim Bresnan are in very good form and they had taken 4 wickets between them to restrict Notts from reaching the target of 228. Spinners Azeem Rafiq and Adil Rashid also were instrumental in the win and bring variety to the attack. Against Durham, Rashid had claimed a stunning 4-19 to help defend a humble 152 runs successfully with good support from the speedsters.
They are doing well in all departments of the game; with a talented mix of batsmen and bowlers, Yorkshire could prove to be a formidable team to reckon with on Sunday.
Yorkshire surely has the upper hand here after their recent victories and the win they have already registered against Notts before. However, we feel that Notts with the home advantage in hand, and the good form of their top-order batsmen as well as spinners, could bring home some cheer this time.