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Although Yorkshire and Derbyshire have two teams between them on the points table, they're pretty much in a similar situation. The two teams were set to play earlier in the tournament, but as the fixture clashed with one of the FIFA World Cup matches, it was rescheduled. The two teams will lock horns on 30th July 2018 at Leeds Cricket Ground, Headingley. Yorkshire will be looking to break away from the middle part of the points table here whereas the objective for Derbyshire will be to break into the middle part of the points table. Both the teams will be aiming for a common immediate goal which is to win the match and as it turned out the last time, expect a cracker of a game between the two sides.
Yorkshire are coming off an away game against the same team they're going to face tomorrow. It was a close contest where Yorkshire failed to defend 166 on a sporting wicket at Derby. After the loss, they are at the fourth spot at the points table joint with Nottinghamshire, separated only by net run rate.
Yorkshire were favorites for the most part of the last match before Matt Critchley smashed 22 runs off Tim Bresnan's final over. Batting first, Yorkshire didn't get off to a start they were looking for as Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Adam Lyth were both back in the hut within the first five overs. Kane Williamson and David Willey the stabilized their innings with thoughtful batting. Williamson and Willey scored 35 and 55 respectively.
Despite Gary Ballance and Jonathan Tattersall in good form, their failure to get a flourishing finish towards the end cost them the match. Except for Tim Bresnan, no one was overly expensive with Liam Plunkett their only other bowler who went for more than eight an over after bowling his full quota. Adil Rashid and Azeem Rafiq partnership were impressive as the duo never allowed Derbyshire to gather the momentum. However, as it turned out, a poor final over by Tim Bresnan and excellent hitting by Matt Critchley saw them end on the losing side.
Adam Lyth, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, David Willey, KS Williamson, Harry Brook, GS Ballance, Jonathan Tattersall, TT Bresnan, Jordan Thompson, Azeem Rafiq, SA Patterson.
Chasing a reasonably good total, Derbyshire needed someone to stay at the wicket and play the sheet anchor role. Billy Goldman played that role for them flawlessly as he smashed 71 runs off 54 deliveries while opening the batting. However, with no considerable contribution from anyone in their top six, they were always behind the 8-ball.
The needed 22 off the final over and Matt Critchley, against all odds, did it for them to perfection. He hit two sixes and a couple of fours to pull off a win and shock Yorkshire. Apparently, Matt Critchley was the center of attraction on the match day. After Tom Kohler-Cadmore got them off to a quick start by hitting 14 off the first three deliveries of the match, Critchley took an excellent low catch at cover to dismiss him.
Similar to how it was with the bat for the Derbyshire, their bowling, too, was a one-man show. Barring an excellent spell by Ravi Rampaul who returned with the figures of 4-0-19-4, no bowler was able to pick wickets and bowl economically. Wahab Riaz was their next best bowler; he picked up a couple of wickets and gave away 34 runs in his four. All in all, their batting and bowling were both dependents on a couple of players and it has been a trend for them over the last few matches. Other players would need to chip in for them to beat Yorkshire once against and rise up the ranks in the points table.
BA Godleman, Calum MacLeod, WL Madsen, Anuj Dal, GC Wilson, Hardus Viljoen, MJJ Critchley, AL Hughes, Wahab Riaz, Lockie Ferguson, Ravi Rampaul.
It was a surprise defeat for Yorkshire and it could be the wake-up call they needed. There is still a long way to go in the tournament, but the two points are always crucial regardlessly. Yorkshire are playing the upcoming match at home and expect them to come out all guns blazing and put up a better show at Leeds. With Adam Lyth, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Kane Williamson, and David Willey all in fine form, they look firm favorites to return the favor and register a much-needed win in the upcoming match.