About the Match
Not too far behind the opponents, Northamptonshire is trying hard to catch up with 11 points from 4 wins out of the 11 matches played and is taking on Worcestershire, which has 14 points from 6 wins out of 12 matches played, at Northampton on 18th July. Recent successive wins, against Warwickshire on 3rd Jul and against Derbyshire on 11th Jul must have erased the memory of the loss they suffered against Worcestershire on 30th May and with improved vigor and enthusiasm, Northants will try to avenge the defeat. On the other hand, Worcestershire has suffered successive losses, against Warwickshire on 11th Jul and Lancashire on 6th Jul and this certainly puts them in a disadvantageous psychological position going forward.
It was a heroic teamwork by the Northants to chase a daunting target of 191 set by Derbyshire successfully at Northampton on 11th Jul with a valiant knock of 69 off 37 balls by opener Levi, who laid a solid foundation of 96 for the opening stand with Willey that set the tone for the win with 4 balls to spare losing only 6 wickets. After putting Derbyshire to bat first, only Crook was able to take 3 wickets of the opponents. Equally befitting was their win against Warwickshire on 3rd Jul in a low scoring match defending 139, after Levi and Willey failed but Coetzer, Rossington and White regained lost ground taking the team to a respectable total and then restricting the opponent to 124, by a superb bowling effort by Willey, Crook, Stone, Azharullah, Middlebrook and White sharing the wickets. These recent wins are much better performances compared to their humiliating loss by 5 wickets and 39 balls to spare against Worcestershire on 30th May, failing to defend 134. Northants will certainly pay it back to the opponents this time with improved confidence, except that the bowlers need to put in more hard work.
Their loss against Warwickshire on 11th Jul with 4 balls to spare was quite astonishing as they put up a good total of 175 for 6 and recovered from early loss of opener Oliver with just 4 runs on board. It was the failure of their bowlers to contain the batsmen allowing them to dominate, which undid the superb team effort in batting by Mitchell, Cadmore, Whiteley and Cox. Only Ajmal was effective with 3 wickets while Shantry and Russel were not able to make any dent. Similar was their performance against Lancashire on 6th Jul where they allowed the opponent to amass 229 for 4 with a lackluster bowling effort by the same set of bowlers and the batsmen failing to maintain the scoring momentum set by openers Oliver and Mitchell, who gave a solid start in the chase with 90 runs for the 1st wicket. Worcestershire needs to instill confidence among players to make a comeback and maintain their position in the league stage.
Both teams have good resources that can turn the match in their favor but keeping their recent performance in mind and home turf, we expect a facile win for the Northants.
Northamptonshire Steelbacks, 1.90 @ Titan Bet