About the Match
Worcestershire is set to take on the table-toppers Nottinghamshire on 13th August 2017 at New Road, Worcester. While one team is enjoying the top-spot at the table, the other one is fighting to evade the bottom-most spot. Nottinghamshire have won seven matches out of the 12 they've played and are at the top with 16 points. Worcestershire are at the second spot from the bottom with just seven points to their name with three wins.
Nottinghamshire's start to the tournament was poor, but as was expected of them, they bounced back in fine fashion. Alex Hales, Brendan Taylor, and Samit Patel have been in the murderous mood for them. Jake Ball and Daniel Christian have been good as well as far as bowling is concerned.
They rocked past Warwickshire in their previous match when they chased down a total which looked daunting at first. Chasing a tall total of a 180, batsmen made quick-work of the target and chased down the total with almost two overs to spare. Samit Patel smashed the bowlers around and finished on 77 not-out. He got good support from Brendan Taylor who scored 36.
Their bowling hasn't been extraordinarily impressive in the tournament but has done reasonably well. Their star-studded batting lineup has more often than not made up for the faults in bowling propelling them to win. Overall, they are a well-balanced side which could be extremely dangerous on their day.
Worcestershire haven't had the season they were hoping for and things went worse from bad as they lost to Durham in their previous match. Chasing a total of 165, their innings never took off and they eventually fell short by 13 runs. Ben Coxx started off well and played an innings of 36 runs, but the rest of the batsmen could not keep the momentum up.
Ed Bernard ignited a ray of hope as he brought the equation down to 21 required off the last over. He scored 34 off just 18 deliveries. While their batting has done reasonably well through the season, it's been their bowling which has struggled. Santner has been good with both bat and ball, but no one has really complimented him consistently.
Worcestershire appeared to have a fine squad at the beginning of the season, but things have gone downhill for them. With only Ben Coxx and Mitchell Santner performing for them, it is going to be tough for them.
This is the battle between the teams at the opposite ends of the points table. While Nottinghamshire appear to be clear favorites, Worcestershire could scare them if their team can fire collectively. However, chances of that happening are slim and the visitors are certainly the favorites to win this one.