About the Match
Worcestershire is topping the North Division points table with 13 points from 9 matches with 6 wins and goes up against Yorkshire, which has 10 points from 9 matches but only 4 wins, on 4th July at Worcester. Yorkshire had a mixed luck in the recent matches having played against Leicestershire on 1st July and won the match but on 2nd Jul losing against Durham, both matches played at Leeds, whereas Worcestershire has not played for nearly 2 weeks, as their match against Notts on 27th June was washed off and the earlier match they played against Warwickshire on 20th June resulting in a win by 8 wickets with 33 balls to spare. So Yorkshire is playing with an advantage of having been in touch with the competition successively for last 3 days whereas Worcestershire is playing with the memories of a win but will be eager to keep the lead.
In their last win against Warwickshire on 20th June, they won the toss and challenged the opponent to set a target, and with the help of a good bowling effort by Shantey and Russel, restricted the opponent to only 133 for 8, with Ajmal, D’Oliveira, Mitchell and Munro complimenting well with the ball. In chasing the target they lost Oliver for 1 losing him in the very 1st over with just 3 runs on board. Mitchell and Cadmore batted confidently taking the partnership to 70 runs, with Cadmore making 25 off 16 balls; and later Munro joined Mitchell to reach the target comfortably, with loss of only 2 wickets, Mitchell making 62 off 45 balls and Munro 39 off 24 balls. They should be able to exploit the psychological advantage over the Yorks who have only won 4 of their 9 encounters in the tournament.
Yorkshire has been playing continuously from 27th June in this tournament though the match against Lancashire was abandoned due to rain; they lost their match against Notts on 28th by 22 runs, and won against Leicestershire by 14 runs on 1st July at Leeds but the very next day lost against Durham at the same venue. The mixed luck of losing and winning, and some bad luck with the weather, followed by a hectic schedule of matches, is taking a toll on the team, affecting their performance. Finch in the company of Gale took 13 balls to score his 5 runs before getting out in the 6th over but Gale, Bairstow, Bresnan and Pyrah took the team total to 168 for 5 against Leicestershire on 1st Jul after they were put into bat. They defended it well to restrict the opponents to 154 for 8 by a good display of disciplined bowling by Sidebottom, Bresnan and Rashid. But their match against Durham was a miserable performance which reflected the strain on the team, playing competitive cricket continuously. Their bowlers contained Durham to 123 for 9 but the batsmen failed to chase and were bowled out for just 95 with 14 balls to spare. They will need to re-energize and come out all guns blazing against the table toppers here.
Though the Yorks have been in continuous touch with their game, they are in tremendous pressure to do well; with a psychological advantage, Worcestershire looks well placed to emerge victorious.
Worcestershire Rapids, 1.80 @ Titan Bet