About the Match
Worcestershire is topping the North Division league table with 12 points from 6 wins of the 8 played and now are facing the Outlaws who have 8 points from 4 wins out of the 7 matches played so far, at Worcester on 27th June. In effect, the former is clearly ahead of the latter though both are in the positive range in NRR. Worcestershire played against Warwickshire at home on 20th June and won the match convincingly whereas the Notts won against Derbyshire on the same day at Nottingham following their win against Leicestershire just the previous day. This successive win by Notts will certainly play a role in the present tie but Worcestershire has the advantage of a boosted morale of topping the table.
They practically hammered the Warwickshire with both bat and ball in the last game; winning the toss, they challenged the Warwicks to raise a total in order to chase and restricted them to just 133 for 8 with only Shoaib Malik reaching 50 and the 3rd wicket partnership lasting for 11 overs adding 83 runs. Shantry and Russell claimed 3 wickets each in the demolition process with Munro taking 1 with economical support from Ajmal, D’Oliveira and Mitchell. Chasing the moderate target, the Worcestershire opener Oliver departed with just 1 run on board in the 1st over itself but the resilient Worcesters stood ground and in the company of Cadmore, Mitchell continued the run hunt adding 70 runs for the 2nd wicket. Munro joined after the fall of Cadmore and completed the win with Mitchell with 5.3 overs to spare, pulverizing the hapless Warwicks’ bowlers. The tie with Notts may not be that easy but Worcetershire has the potential to contain the Notts in all departments of the game and they should not find any difficulty in coming out with flying colors at the end of the match.
The win by the Notts against Derbyshire at Nottingham by 27 runs was convincing, following their similar win by 24 runs against Leicestershire just the previous day. In both games, they were put into bat by the opposing teams and established healthy scores; 220 for 4 against Leicestershire and 206 for 5 against Derbyshire. The top order is in good form and delivered substantially in both the games and the bowlers led by Gurney and Shahzad got the team the required break to defend the considerably tall target sharing the wickets among the rest of the bowlers and the fielders giving good ground support. The Notts can hope to repeat the performance against the table leaders to change the fortunes in their favor and go further nearer to the top 3 teams. They have the potential as the batsmen are providing defendable totals but the bowlers need to find ways to contain the Worcestershire batsmen, especially the consistent Mitchell, Cadmore and Munro.
It is going to be quite an interesting tie and the match could swing either way. While the Worcestershire Rapids have the home advantage, but because of the batting form they're in, we favor the Nottinghamshire Outlaws to emerge victorious.
, 1.80 @ Bet365