About the Match
Warwickshire has 14 points from 13 played but is still not sure of a place in the next stage of the tournament and goes up against Leicestershire, which has only 9 points and no chance of getting into the quarter final stage, on 25th July at Birmingham. So it is not only necessary for Warwickshire to win this match, but do so with a big margin, if they want to keep their hopes alive. It’s an interesting scenario in the North Division and we hope for a well fought contest in hand in most of the remaining league matches.
Warwickshire Bears/Birmingham Bears
They have a positive run rate at present but with 14 points from 13 matches, their fate still depends on the results of other matches in the North division. Hence they must win this match with a handsome margin to keep their hopes alive till 25th at the very least. They have won against Leicestershire in their previous encounter on 1st June with a handsome margin of 25 runs while defending 175 for 9 batting first. Porterfield and Chopra continue to render great service to the team opening the innings and giving a good start; they did it against Leicestershire with a 49 runs partnership for 1st wicket on 1st June. Their bowlers Patel, Javid and Wright bowled tightly not allowing the opponent to take any liberties. Another win by 8 wickets with 4 overs to spare was against Northants on 19th June, chasing a target of 133 wherein Chopra and Porterfield put on 95 in 9.5 overs setting the stage for the win; once again Wright was the star of the bowling unit. They have lost to lowly rated Derbyshire in defending a well made 189 even though the same opening pair made 102 runs; hence they must be confident but not complacent in this match and put up a good show.
Their back to back to losses to Lancashire on 18th June by 18 runs and against Yorkshire by 14 runs on 1st July closed their hopes of making it to the next stage. Cobb with Web or O’Brien have been giving good opening stands but most of the time the rest of the batting line up have not been able to sustain the momentum set by them, thereby succumbing to low scores. Naik, Cobb, Ireland and Raine have the capability to limit the opponents as they did against Derbyshire on 6th July and Lancashire on 11th Jul, but such good work needs repetition against stronger teams to excel. Though Smith hit a century in their chase of 220 against Notts on 19th June, they could not reach the target as the rest of the batsmen except Cobb, could not live up to the expectations. Though they don’t have anything to gain here, the players will definitely put up a strong fight before bowing out of the competition.
With better resources at hand, Warwickshire should be able to repeat its win here to keep its hopes alive for making to the next stage.
Warwickshire (Birmingham) Bears, 1.44 @ Bet365