About the Match
Being at near bottom of the North Group with 9 points from 11 matches, Yorkshire will try to improve their ranking when they meet No. 2 unit, Worcestershire in the upcoming match on 14th July, at Headingley, Leeds. Worcestershire has 14 points from 11 matches and look solid to bounce back with a win here after suffering defeat against Warwicks in the last outing; Yorkshire’s fading hopes of reaching the quarter-finals were dealt another blow when they lost to Derbyshire by 4 wickets in the previous match. Both sides will try and grab this opportunity to add two more valuable points to their kitty, and we surely have a good contest coming up on Tuesday.
Yorkshire lost their last match against Derbyshire by 4 wickets after managing only 146 runs batting first; wickets fell at regular intervals and they never recovered from losing the three crucial wickets in the first five overs although Glenn Maxwell scored 45 from 29 balls and Jack Leaning posted 37. The bowlers failed to restrict the opponent from reaching the target although Tim Bresnan, Plunkett, Fisher and Maxwell took a wicket each at regular intervals.
They had earlier defeated Durham by 5 wickets in the previous match, chasing a formidable 192 wherein Johnny Bairstow instigated a Yorkshire recovery from 66-four with a magnificent 92 from 42 deliveries. Jack Leaning helped him with an unbeaten 39 off 31 balls and Tim Bresnan scored 24 runs to help the Vikings charge ahead by 5 wickets with seven balls to spare.
Overall, Yorkshire has the required fire-power in Glenn Maxwell, Bairstow, Andrew Gale, Aaron Finch and Jack Leaning but they need to be cautious against a superior Worcestershire attack.
Worcestershire surrendered their fourth match against closest rivals Warwickshire by 5 wickets; Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Brett D’Oliveira made half-centuries to take them to 160 runs. Cadmore registered his third half-century of the competition while D’Oliveira reached an explosive 56 from 30 balls, which is his highest score in all formats. Ed Barnard, D’Oliveira, Saeed Ajmal and Joe Leach took a wicket each but they couldn’t restrict Warwickshire from reaching the target.
Worcestershire clinched a win against Durham thanks to Richard Oliver’s unbeaten 70 off 57 that helped them reach the modest target of 128 with ease. Saeed Ajmal was stupendous with 3-13 while Daryl Mitchell took 2 wickets to restrict Durham to 127.
Overall, the team has many hard-hitting batsmen like Richard Oliver, Tom-Kohler-Cadmore, Brett D’Oliveira, Daryl Mitchell and Colin Munro, who are capable of achieving the goals; Saeed Ajmal stays at the top with 17 wickets and is being assisted nicely by Jack Shantry, Joe Leach, Daryl Mitchell, Brett D’Oliveira and Ed Barnard.
Worcestershire is a formidable team to reckon with as the top-order batsmen and bowlers have been turning the match in their favour single-handedly. On the other hand, Yorkshire will definitely pull up their socks and do their best; however, going by performance Worcestershire are clear favourites to win the game on Tuesday.