About the Match
The North Group of the NatWest T20 Blast is shaping up to be a particularly close one as all teams apart from Durham and Worcestershire are bunched close together. This match in which the Birmingham Bears (Warwickshire) take on Derbyshire could potentially bring this close even closer together if the home team manages to win.
The Bears lost their last match against Yorkshire and continued to make the same mistakes all over again. The opening batters, Hain and Bell, failed to provide any momentum and lost their wickets after plodding along for a couple of overs.
The middle order of William Porterfield, Tim Ambrose, and Aaron Thomason also failed to inject any sort of urgency into the chase and eventually the team was unable to bat the full quota of 20 overs as well.
With 2 wins out of their 5 matches so far, the tournament is far from over for the Bears but they really need to rejig their batting lineup and think of using Grant Elliot and Colin de Grandhomme up the order.
Before this poor batting display, the Warwickshire bowlers did a fine job and they would be hoping for a repeat in the next match against Derbyshire. Jeetan Patel has 10 wickets in the tournament at a fantastic economy rate of 6.45, while Boyd Rankin too seems to have found some form.
With Elliot and de Grandhomme also contributing with the ball in every game, this bowling line-up is definitely the stronger suit of the team.
The Derbyshire Falcons have started off strongly and could go top of the table if they win with a big enough margin in this game. They lost their last game to Nottinghamshire but actually put up a very creditable batting performance.
Chasing 227, Derbyshire lost only by 5 runs thanks to some fantastic batting by Madsen and Godleman. The entire top order managed to score some quick runs and that bodes well for the team going forward.
Derbyshire currently has four batsmen that have scored over 100 runs and Madsen, their top-scorer has already totaled 275 for the tournament. We think Derbyshire is shaping up nicely in all departments of the game considering that their bowling is probably among the better attacks in this tournament.
Imran Tahir had a bad game last time around and Matt Henry continues to have a shockingly bad tournament but with Hardus Viljoen to back them up, this bowling line up has enough quality to come good on most days.
Madsen, Hughes, and Critchley have been chipping in with some useful overs as well giving a lot of flexibility to Gary Wilson in the field.
Pitch and Conditions
The current forecast for Edgbaston is for a rainy day that should hopefully clear up by the time the match comes around. Teams have been choosing to bat now that the rains seem to have returned in full force to England and we expect the same this time around.
Derbyshire To Wi