About the Match
Surrey with 18 points from 9 wins equaled Hampshire in points at the end of the league matches but a better NRR earned them the 2nd spot in South Division and thus are facing Worcestershire, who have 18 points from 8 wins and placed 3rd among the North Division qualifiers, for the 2nd quarter final match at Kensington Oval on 2nd Aug. While Surrey has dependable bowlers, they only have Roy who has been consistent with the bat in the opening slot, whereas Worcestershire has dependable bowlers and middle order batsmen who have been their strength in their success.
Pietersen has been consistent in his batting woes except for their match with Somerset on 16th July in which he scored 39 off 28 balls and the side won the match chasing 136 of Somerset. Dunn and Ansari restricted the opponent to 136 for 9 and Surrey made heavy weather in reaching the target losing 7 wickets. Roy and Davies gave a good start in chasing Glamorgan total of 192 on 11th Jul but faltered to keep up the run rate because of lack of application by the rest of the batsmen down the line. Roy and Dilshan made a good opening score of 118 in their chase against Kent on 2nd Jul to win the match by 8 wickets; they defended their score of 165 for 5 against Glamorgan on 20th June as their bowlers led by Curran with 3 wickets and good support from fellow bowlers Dernbach, Azhar, Peterson and Batty restricted the opponent to 148 for 8 to register win by 17 runs. Again, Dunn and Ansari were their star bowlers in defending 157 against Gloucestershire on 18th July by taking 3 wickets each in registering the win by 5 runs. A complementing combined effort by bowlers and commitment by batsmen can see them through in this do or die match.
Cadmore, Munro and Cox in the top order have been generally performing consistently with the bat and have been the strengths of the team in batting with Mitchell proving to be a good all-rounder opening the innings. Their win against Northants on 18th July is the proof of their dependability on middle order batting and Mitchell’s all round performance, where he featured with a match winning 5 wicket haul in dismissing Northants for 131. They piled up 209 for 4 against Derbyshire on 25th July with a fine knock of 84 by Whitley adding an unbroken partnership of 89 for the 5th wicket and then all the bowlers demonstrated a combined effort to limit the opponent to 181 from 7 and won the match by 28 runs. Again they defeated Warwickshire on 20th June firstly by limiting them to just 133 for 8 and then successfully chasing it with 33 balls to spare losing only 2 wickets. Shantry and Russell came good with the balls 3 wickets apiece and Mitchell, Cadmore and Munro won them the match. Their combined strength with bat and ball can be threatening to any formidable team.
Both teams are equally placed and have the resources to do well; however, Worcestershire with a slight edge over the other seems to be well equipped to win the match.
Worcestershire, 2.62 @ Bet365