About the Match
Yorkshire and Derbyshire take on each other in a top of the table clash in the North Group with the winner moving to joint first place on the basis of points. It is a high stakes clash between two teams that are having an excellent season and should prove to be a thrilling encounter.
The Yorkshire Vikings would have been very confident of winning their last against Northants after scoring 223. After all, David Wiley, Tim Bresnan, and Adil Rashid all have international pedigree and could be counted on to the do the job almost every single time in such a situation. Alex Hales had other ideas though as he smashed the Yorkshire bowling all over the park and led his team to victory.
There is so much of talent in Yorkshire that it is almost baffling to see them unable to dominate these competitions. In Adam Lyth, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, and David Willey Yorkshire has a very destructive top-3 with 39 sixes between them in the competition already.
Willey has scored 324 runs in the tournament while Lyth has 268 to his name. After these three, international players like Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb are also present to ensure the team does not have to worry about collapses.
Luckily, all the batsmen got a decent hit in the last game and are looking in good touch for the games to follow.
The bowlers may have had a poor outing in the last game but that can happen in this format of the game particularly against someone like Alex Hales. We are sure that Rashid, Willey, Bresnan, Plunkett, and Rafiq will come back stronger from that experience.
There was very little hope from the Derbyshire Falcons before the tournament began, The management though seems to have struck gold when it hired John Wright to help improve its T20 cricket. The Falcons, which have never qualified for Finals Day up until now, are sitting near the top of the table and with a very good chance to reach the knockouts this year.
The Derbyshire success in this tournament has been built on the back of its bowling strength. Matt Henry started the tournament slowly but is finally hitting form while there is no doubt about the pedigree of Imran Tahir in this form of the game.
Hards Viljoen and Wayne Madsen have also been very dependable for the Falcons this season.
This is a bowling lineup that could pose some serious questions to everything that Yorkshire has to throw at them.
It is not like Derbyshire’s batting is particularly weak either. Wayne Madsen has 355 runs to his name with a best of 86 not out while Luis Reece has 288 with a best of 97 not out. Together, these two coming in at 3 and 4 for the Falcons have provided real steel to their batting efforts.
There is a lot of room for improvement though as Godleman and Critchley would be the first to admit. Critchley actually had to retire from the last match and it is unclear if he will be playing in this one right now.
We think that Derbyshire has built a very strong T20 unit that is currently performing beyond the expectations of most people. Wright has built a team that puts a premium on bowling and for that reason, they can never be counted out in any match.
Pitch and Conditions
It will be gray, rainy day in Yorkshire on match day although the forecast suggests that the rain will let up around match time. We could be in for some interruptions but can still expect a good day of cricket. The pitch at Leeds has been absolutely amazing for batting and we see no reason for that to change.
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