About the Match
The bottom two teams in the North Group of the ongoing NatWest T20 Blast, Yorks and Notts will take on each other on 17th June at Leeds under the floodlights. While the Notts have 3 points after 4 games, Yorkshire is yet to win a match and have just 1 point from the abandoned game against Warwicks; both teams want to start their campaign afresh with a better performance here and it needs to be seen who will take the laurels on Friday.
Despite a good show by experienced speedster Tim Bresnan, who took 3-24 against Lancashire, and good support by Steven Patterson who claimed 2 wickets, the Yorks were unable to restrict the reigning champions from posting a humungous total of 204. Joe Root came out with all his firepower to score a brilliant unbeaten 92 from just 51 deliveries but the others lost the plot too easily and they were stifled at 178 to lose the match by 26 runs.
Against Worcs, the bowlers gave away too many easy runs and were unable to defend a good total of 173 runs; although Liam Plunkett gave his best with 2-29 and spinner Adil Rashid claimed an important wicket, the others failed to control their line and length, losing the match by 7 wickets. The batting line-up has captain Alex Lees, who posted a well-made 46 against Worcs, Gary Ballance, Jack Leaning, Joe Root, Bairstow, David Willey and Rashid who must focus on building strong partnerships.
The bowling team consists of in-form pacemen Plunkett, Bresnan, Ben Coad and Steven Patterson while all-rounder Adil Rashid and part-timer Root can bring in spin variations; however, they must display good shows in all departments to win the upcoming contests.
The Notts succeeded in winning the match against a strong team like Lancashire by 2 wickets after the bowlers joined hands to dismiss the opponents in regular intervals. Fast-bowler George Edwards took 3-38 while Jordan Clarke and Neil Wagner used their pace skills to remove 3 wickets between them. Spinners Parry and Lilley took a wicket each and they provide depth to the attack along with Steven Croft, who can pull of surprises with pace and spin alike.
Chasing 185 runs, openers Riki Wessels and Michael Lumb posted well-made half-centuries to build the foundation; Greg Smith and Daniel Christian tried to keep the scoreboard ticking while Mullaney and Sam Wood took them closer to the finish line. The victory has surely given them the much required morale boost but they need to bring out all their ammunition to stifle the Yorks here.
The batting line-up must keep a cool head above it shoulders and focus on getting through the pace tactics of the opponents; middle-order players like Samit Patel and Brendan Taylor must keep the runs coming and support the top order in achieving the goals.
The Notts have one win in their kitty and will try to repeat their match-winning performance here; however, Yorkshire with the hunger for a taste of victory looks better placed to outwit the Notts