About the Match
Yorkshire has moved up to the middle of the North Group standings and will be looking to pick up a win against one of the weaker sides, Worcestershire. Can Joe Leach and his men pull off an upset at Leeds or will we see a one-sided match dominated by Yorkshire?
A strong performance in the last match against the Birmingham Bears would have given a lot of confidence to Yorkshire. Their victory was spurred by some fantastic hitting by England international David Willey and useful contributions by Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Shaun Marsh, and Jack Leaning.
With Adam Lyth at the top of the order performing better than most expectations and Peter Handscomb lower down as well, this is a batting lineup that should worry oppositions.
It is also interesting to note that every single Yorkshire batsman that has faced a delivery in this tournament is striking at a minimum of 100. Most of the batsmen are in fact scoring at a strike rate of over 150 and this is why the team will remain dangerous even if they lose a couple of quick wickets.
Yorkshire also boasts of an international quality bowling attack led by David Willey, Tim Bresnan, and Adil Rashid. Azeem Rafiq tends to go under the radar somewhat but is currently leading the wicket tally with 9 wickets to his name.
Easily one of the strongest sides in the tournament, Yorkshire just needs to fine tune it's batting a little to be even more of a force. We think they will stick to the same batting order as the last match if they bat first but may move Shaun Marsh up the order if they are chasing a tricky total.
The only points that Worcestershire has to its name have come from a washout. Three defeats from four matches have left Worcestershire struggling at the bottom of the table and in urgent need of some fresh tactics.
Their last match was rained out but the one before that against Derbyshire gave a glimpse into what their batting is capable of on good days. Worcestershire scored 186 thanks to some useful contributions from Joe Clarke, Ben Cox, and Ross Whiteley.
These three, along with Daryl Mitchell and Basil D’Oliveira are not a particularly bad batting lineup but they have failed to really fire as a unit up until now.
We think that Worcestershire has the potential to win matches on the back some good individual batting performances with the most likely contender being Joe Clarke.
The Worcestershire bowling attack looks quite weak and is the reason why they continue to lose even after posting good totals. Mitchell Santner and John Hastings are international bowlers but have not been able to change the fortunes of their teams up until now. While Santner has 4 wickets to his name, Hastings does not have any and is giving runs away at an economy rate of 10.86.
Against a strong batting lineup with some explosive hitters, it is hard to see the Worcestershire bowling lineup coming off the victors.
Pitch and Conditions
Rain is around in Yorkshire and a stop-start game can be expected. The pitches at Leeds have been good so far and we see no reason for that to change. A high scoring match should be in store if the weather does not play spoil sport.
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