About the Match
Yorkshire is placed in the 5th position with 13 points and will go up against Northamptonshire, who are placed 4th with 14 points, on 17th August at Leeds. The two teams recently lost matches and will be determined to make a comeback here with a win. While Yorkshire suffered defeat against the Leics by 4 wickets but won against Lancashire by 19 runs, the Northants lost the match against Leics by 48 runs but won against the Worcs by 24 runs. It will be an entertaining match with players from both teams trying to outwit the opponents with their skills; the team that can keep a cool head above its shoulders will have the upper hand to emerge victorious on Thursday.
Batting first against Leics, Kohler-Cadmore and Shaun Marsh did well to anchor the innings; while Kohler-Cadmore posted a brilliant 75 off 40, Marsh contributed with a well-made 60 runs. Rashid also pitched in with a useful 26 runs to help take the total to a competitive 182. However, the bowling department failed to contain the Leics batsmen and they lost the match by 4 wickets. Plunkett took 3 wickets with his pace attack but proved to be expensive; Bresnan and David Willey also dismissed one opponent each while spinner Azeem Rafiq also took 1 wicket but they couldn’t stop the opponents from hitting the winning runs.
Against Lancashire, the batting line-up did well to post 182 runs with good efforts from Adam Lyth and Kohler-Cadmore, who scored 50 and 45 runs respectively. Leaning scored 24 runs while Willey and Marsh kept the scoreboard ticking. Tim Bresnan then showed his expertise with the ball, claiming 6 wickets at an economy of just over 4 per over; this helped them stifle the opponent’s chase along with useful contributions by Plunkett, Rashid, and Patterson, and win the match by 19 runs.
Yorkshire has a balanced pace and spin attack which can outwit the Northants here on Thursday; the batting line-up is also consistent in getting the big runs, and if they can keep the wickets safe, then surely the Yorks can surge ahead on the table with a much-needed win.
Chasing 194 runs against Leics proved to be an uphill task for the batsmen as players like Richard Levi, Ben Duckett and Keogh fell cheaply without much contribution. Rossington posted a well-made 67 while Wakely and Crook contributed with 20 runs each; however, they fell short of the target by 48 runs. Earlier, speedster Sanderson took 2 wickets and Azharullah dismissed one opponent; but the others failed to impress with the ball and gave away too many runs.
Against Worcestershire, Duckett posted a brilliant 92 off just 54 balls to take the total to 195 batting first; he got good support from Crook and Rossington and the bowlers then successfully defended the total thanks to 2 wickets each by Azharullah and Sanderson. Speedsters Gleeson and Kleinveldt also provided breakthroughs and they won the match by 24 runs.
The Northants have many experienced players who can guide the youngsters to help register another victory here; with a strong pace attack and an in-form batting unit, they can come out with all the firepower on Thursday to overcome the opponents.
The Northants and Yorks will be playing against each other for the first time this season as their previous encounter was washed away by rain; while Northants have good resources with bat and ball, we feel that Yorkshire’s in-form pace attack will help them register an important win here.