About the Match
Placed third in Group A with 9 points from 7 matches, Yorkshire gets geared up to face-off against Northamptonshire, who are placed sixth with just 6 points, on 18th August at Leeds. Losing to Somerset in the recent match, the Yorks suffered setback in their campaign after winning three consecutive contests; on the other hand, Northants have picked up their pace to climb up the ladder with two consecutive wins in recent outings against Somerset and Worcs. Both sides have well-balanced teams and need to up their ante here if they want to stay alive for the next stage.
The top-order collapse against Somerset which led to the batting line-up slipping to 4-22 within 8 overs, was quite humiliating for them; players like Lees, Maxwell, Gary Ballance and Andy Hodd were ousted for single digits. Jack Leaning and Rhodes put up a brave front to add 70 runs for the 5th wicket and with help from Carver’s unbeaten 35, they took the total to a modest 175 runs, which was hardly enough for bowlers like Fisher, Bresnan and Rhodes to defend.
Against Leics, the bowlers defended 277 with ease; while Fisher claimed 3-32 in 7 overs, Rhodes and Bresnan claimed 2 wickets each to display consistency and determination in their attack. Earlier, Lees had posted 75 off 110 balls and Rhodes scored 46 off 51 deliveries to put up a solid foundation. The middle order consists of strong players like Maxwell, Leaning, Rashid and Tim Bresnan, but they need to be more focused either in setting big targets or in chasing runs.
Overall, the team has good talent and experience to match the tactics of the opponent; with a good strategy and determination to succeed, they can easily defeat Northants in the upcoming match.
Graeme White’s stupendous 4-37 in his 10-over spell toppled the top order of Somerset in the previous game while Keogh, Cobb and Kleinveldt took a wicket each to restrict the opposition to 247 runs. David Willey posted a heroic run-a-ball 91 to set the scoreboard ticking and with Duckett’s well-made 61, they comfortably reached the target in 49 overs itself.
Richard Levi and Alex Wakely are strong assets for the team in the middle order while Willey and Cobb are strong as openers; against Worcs, although the entire batting line-up was wiped out for just 126 runs in a humiliating show, the bowlers made up for it and won the match by 21 runs.
The hero of that match was Azharullah, who took 4-22 in 8 overs while Kleinveldt and Stone took 2 wickets each to restrict the opposition to 105; they overcame the challenge and with a little bit of application by the batsmen, the team can definitely come up with more winning performances.
While Yorkshire has done better than Northants till now, their defeat in the recent match exposed some gaps in the batting line-up; Northants, however, have many areas of improvement which they are working on and seem motivated to stay alive. The match could go down to the wire but we feel that Northants with a well-balanced team is better placed to emerge victorious on Tuesday.