About the Match
The last year semifinalists, Yorkshire, take on Nottinghamshire on 7th July 2017. Nottinghamshire who were the other semifinalists last year would want to go the distance this time around. It’s quite surprising that none of the two sides has managed to get its hands on the Trophy. With Alex Hales expected to play most part of the season, Nottinghamshire will be fancying their chances. Yorkshire too have a strong team on paper and would like to make most of the availability of English players.
Having the services of experienced all-rounder Tim Bresnan and stylish West Australian batsman Shaun Marsh, Yorkshire looks to be a difficult side to beat, at least on paper. Adil Rashid and Liam Plunkett will be off for International duty with England hosting South Africa.
Despite the absence of their main bowlers, they can make up for it up in the batting department. They have plethora of experienced English batsmen with Adam Lyth, Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb forming the backbone of their batting lineup.
David Wiley will be se spearhead of their bowling attack in the absence of their main stalwarts. He will be assisted by Steven Patterson and Azim Rafiq.
Yorkshire made it to the semifinals of the last year’s competition and can do it once again given the balance they have. They’ll be hoping for their bowlers to come good in the absence of Adil Rashid and Liam Plunkett and if they can do that, they’ll be a tough side to beat.
The availability of Alex Hales for full season will be a huge boost for the visitors. He has a string of wonderful knocks in the Champions Trophy and bilateral series against South Africa up his sleeve.
Apart from Alex Hales, the batting lineup consists of experience campaigners like Daniel Christian and Samit Patel. Although the top order lacks the mixture of attack and experience, the form of Alex Hales and strong middle order could counter this void. Brendan Taylor has been in good form since he has moved to England to play county cricket on full-time basis.
Nottinghamshire is a team without big names, but having a nice overall balance. They are reliant on their youngsters and experienced guys alike. Should their youngsters step and play to their potential, Nottinghamshire will be the team to watch out for.
Both the sides are evenly matched, but have different strengths. While Yorkshire is a little heavy on batting, the balance of Nottinghamshire speaks for itself. While it is expected to be a tight game, Yorkshire with the home advantage and superior batting lineup might just outwit the Notts here.