Two teams placed in the bottom half of the points table will face-off at Headingly, Leeds on Friday. The two teams we’re talking about are none other than Yorkshire and Warwickshire. With 4 points each in the tournament, Yorkshire and Warwickshire are positioned at the fifth and sixth spot of North Group respectively. Which team has its nose ahead in this contest? Here are the strengths and weaknesses that’ll help us predict the winner of this encounter.
Adam Lyth in blistering form! Lyth’s aggression at the top has proved to be one blessing for Yorkshire towards the start of tournament. As a result of Lyth’s explosive knock of 82 against Nottinghamshire, the team managed to post a total in excess of 200. If he continues playing in the same way, he’ll soon get other opposition bowlers in trouble.
Shaun Marsh’s presence in the middle order! This Australian batsman has incredible skill and potential when it comes to playing the shortest format of the sport. With Lyth giving concrete starts, it becomes effortless for someone like Marsh to end the innings on a high. He can find those gaps in the field and hit big sixes at will.
Bowling looks sorted! With the likes of David Willey, Tim Bresnan and Adil Rashid in the attack, Yorkshire have three strike bowlers in the team. Apart from his bowling, Willey has impressed with his batting contributions at the top for Yorkshire in their completed games.
Rain playing spoilsport! Yorkshire have won a match and lost one! Their other two matches have ended in no result and a tie respectively. As rain has affected few of their matches, it has been a frustrating situation for their team players. Seeing the quality of players in the team, Yorkshire fans would be disappointed if this team doesn’t make it to the knock-out stages, particularly if rain interruptions affect the outcome of their future matches.
Yorkshire squad – Adam Lyth, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Jack Leaning, David Willey, Tim Bresnan, Adil Rashid, Matthew Waite, Azeem Rafiq, Steven Patterson, Ben Coad, Matthew Fisher, Liam Plunkett
Ian Bell and Sam Hain have done bulk of the scoring! Warwickshire have got two openers who have shown promise as the tournament has started. Sam Hain played an important knock in one of the matches for Warwickshire while Ian Bell has played three impressive knocks of 47, 50 and 75* in four of his innings so far. If Bell continues putting up such unswerving performances ahead in the tournament, Warwickshire would find themselves in an imposing position.
Two steadfast Kiwi all-rounders in the team! Grant Elliott and Colin de Grandhomme are two reliable all-rounders in Warwickshire. Both players have the firepower to win matches with the bat as well as the ball. As Bell has done bulk of the scoring so far in the tournament, both the Kiwis have chipped in with valuable contributions in the field having taken crucial wickets.
Inconsistency! Having won a couple of matches and lost the other two, Warwickshire have been a bit unpredictable. It has been like a ‘see-saw’ type of start for them at the start of NatWest T20 Blast. Their players have shown a lot of promise, it’s just that the team needs to be consistent enough and win more than they lose in order to go all the way.
Placed lower than Yorkshire! As Warwickshire’s net run rate is poor than Yorkshire, they’re positioned below the host team. That might prove to be a psychological disadvantage going into this match. As the crowd support will be with Yorkshire it might lead to a lack of spirit in Warwickshire camp.
Warwickshire squad – Sam Hain, Ian Bell, William Porterfield, Grant Elliott, Colin de Grandhomme, Rikki Clarke, Tim Ambrose, Aaron Thomason, Jeetan Patel, Boyd Rankin, Oliver Hannon-Dalby, Ateeq Javid, Mark Richard Adair, Keith Barker, Alex Mellor, Josh Poysden, Jonathan Trott, Andrew Umeed, Ian Westwood, Chris Woakes, Chris Wright, Olly Stone.
Match Prediction – Yorkshire are positioned above Warwickshire in the points table even though they have won only a single match. Looking at the team Yorkshire has and playing at home will be a big advantage for them. If Lyth gets going, he might win the match for the hosts! Therefore, we are expecting a Yorkshire victory in this contest.
Possible winner – Yorkshire