About the Match
The topmost team in North Group of the NatWest T20 Blast 2015, Worcestershire will play against No.5 in the table, Northamptonshire on 26th June at Worcester. The hosts won five matches out of seven and grabbed 10 points at a net run rate of +0.543 whereas, Northamptonshire went into the park seven times and were successful thrice to attain seven points with a net run rate of +0.054. Earlier, Worcestershire Rapids had suffered defeat against Northamptonshire by 14 runs on June 5th and will try to avenge that defeat with a victory here on Friday.
Northamptonshire won their last match against Lancashire by a narrow four runs; Josh Cobb’s superb 47 off 33 and Alex Wakely’s 36 off 34 helped the team post a competitive total of 169 runs on board and the bowling unit made up for it by scalping wickets regularly to restrict the Lancashire team to 165. Azarullah finished with 3-28 while Rory Kleinveldt took 2 for 29 to defend the total. Northamptonshire earlier came up with victory over Yorkshire by a big margin of 8 wickets (D/L Method) in their 6th match. Richard Levi scored 35 and Ben Duckett posted 31 to help Northamptonshire post 83 runs; bowlers, Shahid Afridi scalped 3 for 15 while Azarullah picked up 2 wickets to restrict the opponents to 82 runs. Overall, their talented and experienced players are doing their bit to help the team win matches; Richard Levi is their champion batsman in the tournament with 200 runs, whereas Josh Cobb, Alex Wakely, Steven Crook and Adam Rossington are contributing well as seen in the last match and Ben Duckett is working hard to get positive result with the willow. Their bowling depends on Azarullah, Rory Kleinveldt, Olly Stone, Graeme White and Steven Crook who are capable of taking regular wickets; they need to fire from all cylinders to win the next match.
Worcestershire is occupying the top spot in the North Group as they defeated Derbyshire by a huge margin of eight wickets. Derbyshire managed only 136 runs and Worcestershire attained the target by scoring 139 for 2 with 43 balls to spare. Moeen Ali led Worcestershire to the top of the group ad he smashed 65 off 28 balls while Daryl Mitchell scored 33 and Colin Munro scored an unbeaten 22 from 9 balls to help their team register a comfortable victory over Derbyshire. On the bowling front, Moeen Ali picked up 3-28 and Joe Leach took 2-25 to restrict the visitors to a low total. They also performed brilliantly in their 6th match by beating Lancashire in a final-over thriller by 2 wickets. They chased down the target of 164 with ease with the help of Daryl Mitchell, who scored 53 off 40 and Saeed Ajmal who took 2 wickets. Overall, they have talented batsmen like Moeen Ali, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Brett D’Oliveira, Ross Whitely and Ben Cox, who have all been performing well with the bat. On their bowling squad Saeed Ajmal is their most successful bowler with nine wickets while Jack Shantry, Joe Leach, Ed Barnard, Moeen Ali and Daryl Mitchell are assisting him nicely.
Northamptonshire are high on confidence after three successive victories and are looking forward to make it 4 wins in a row. On the other hand, Worcestershire has explosive batsmen and bowlers, who will have several tricks up their sleeves to beat Northamptonshire and win the contest on Friday.