About the Match
Yorkshire host Warwickshire in an important clash for both teams that are struggling in the middle of the North Group standings. Warwickshire got off to a nice start winning their first two games but consecutive losses have their fans worried. A tie and a washout have meant that Yorkshire has registered just one win from their 4 and could start to fall back from the leading pack if they lose this one.
One of the strongest batting lineups in the competition, the Yorkshire Vikings has would be disappointed with the results they have got so far. Rain intervened in what was turning out to be a cracker of a match against Lancashire while denied them the chance of batting at all in another game.
However, in the opportunities that their batsmen have got, Shaun Marsh, Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Adam Lyth have looked good. We rate Shaun Marsh very highly in this format of the game, although, Adam Lyth would not be our first choice as an opening batsman. With 170 runs from three innings though, there is no doubt he is in good form.
Currently, 6 Yorkshire players are striking over 140 which is excellent and shoes that they have batting firepower across the lineup.
In Peter Handscomb, Yorkshire has another very canny T20 batsman but unlikely to really take the game away from the opposition. This is one reason why we believe that early wickets will be much more costly to Yorkshire than other teams.
The Yorkshire bowling looks very strong thanks to the presence of Adil Rashid, Tim Bresnan, Steven Patterson and Azim Rafiq. Rashid is probably at his best in this format of the game while Bresnan has improved his death bowling a great deal since he last played international cricket for England.
All in all, this is a strong Yorkshire side with some flaws in the batting.
Warwickshire or the Birmingham Bears are coming into this game on the back of two defeats and both of them could be attributed to a failure of the batting lineup to deliver. Unfortunately, this is something that we think is going to be a recurrent theme for Warwickshire going forward.
Ian Bell is their best batsman by far and his returns so far have been pretty good. He has 182 runs in the competition at a strike rate of 130. He is, however, not a batsman who is going to win matches on his own and needs some other players to really up the run rate and put the pressure on the opposition.
In an era where T20 strike rates are touching the stratosphere, 130 is just not going to cut it with the number of balls Bell faces. The Bears have some late order hitting ability thanks to the presence of Grant Elliot and Colin de Grandhomme but they are batting a little too low down the order. Elliot has faced a total of 72 balls in 4 innings with 2, not outs and de Grandhomme 24 balls with one not out.
Oliver James Hannon-Dalby is currently the highest wicket taker for the Bears with 8 wickets, a surprise to us, while Rikki Clarke and Jeetan Patel have been decent as well. Clarke, in particular, is very effective at the death with his cutters.
The Warwickshire bowling lineup is pretty potent however their batting just looks a little too underpowered.
Pitch and Conditions
A lot of cloud cover is expected for the match and at Leeds, that means some swing will be on offer. The rain should hopefully stay away for Yorkshire to get in a full game. The pitch will have some grass and offer encouragement to the bowlers but nothing too extravagant.
Yorkshire To Win