The North Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Derbyshire and Northamptonshire at the County Ground in Derby.
The match starts at 5:00 PM local time (11:30 PM IST) (6:00 PM GMT).
This game will be live on Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s YouTube Channel.
Derbyshire will host Northamptonshire on Friday at their home ground in Derby. The team led by Billy Godleman has won only three of their ten matches thus far. However, the 9 points they have got in ten keep their hopes on a quarter-final spot alive. They need to win all the remaining four matches which will push them to 17 points. In some cases, even the 15 points might be enough for a final four finish.
On the other hand, the Northamptonshire won only two matches but are behind Derbyshire by only one point. The first of the two wins for the Northants came against Derbyshire during last month. They have been missing a star with either bat or ball who can power them to more victories. They are also one of the unluckiest sides in the competition as four of their matches ended without a result.
Derby is set to be cool on Friday as temperatures under 25 are expected to be recorded. The weather forecast suggested a little chance of rain in the right. However, a bit of drizzle is expected from 8 PM local time. However, the majority of the game would have been completed by then.
The County Ground in Derby is usually a high-scoring venue. The 2019 average score does suggest the same. However, the teams have struggled to chase in all four matches, it is the team batting first that has won.
Average first innings score: 172 (T20 Blast games in 2019)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 0, Lost – 4
Probable Playing XIs:
Luis Reece, Billy Godleman (C), Wayne Madsen, Leus du Plooy, Alex Hughes, Matthew Critchley, Fynn Hudson-Prentice, Daryn Smit (WK), Logan van Beek, Darren Stevens, Ravi Rampaul.
Bench: Mark Watt, Boyd Rankin, Harvey Hosein, Anuj Dal.
Adam Rossington (WK), Richard Levi, Joshua Cobb (C), Rob Keogh, Alex Wakely, Dwaine Pretorius, Faheem Ashraf, Graeme White, Nathan Buck, Luke Procter, Ben Sanderson.
Bench: Blessing Muzarabani, Tom Sole, Brett Hutton, Charlie Thurston.
Ravi Rampaul is among the leading wicket-takers in the tournament having picked 16 from nine games. For Northampton, it is Ben Sanderson who is on the top with ten wickets from seven matches. Adding to his batting, Matthew Critchley has taken 11 wickets this season and will be a crucial pick.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Billy Godleman, Luis Reece, Joshua Cobb, Matthew Critchley
Vice-Captain – Wayne Madsen, Dwaine Pretorius, Rob Keogh, Alex Wakely
Wayne Madsen’s consistency can be trusted and made vice-captain at least. Madsen earned 20+ points in five of the previous six completed matches.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Adam Rossington
Batsmen – Billy Godleman (C), Rob Keogh, Alex Wakely, Wayne Madsen
All-Rounders – Dwaine Pretorius (VC), Luis Reece, Matthew Critchley
Bowlers – Logan van Beek, Ravi Rampaul, Graeme White
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Adam Rossington
Batsmen – Rob Keogh, Wayne Madsen (VC), Billy Godleman
All-Rounders – Dwaine Pretorius, Joshua Cobb (C), Luis Reece, Matthew Critchley
Bowlers – Ben Sanderson, Logan van Beek, Ravi Rampaul
Leus du Plooy might not be required given how the top-order has fared in a recent couple of matches. Du Plooy had a couple of big knocks early on but haven’t got enough batting in the recent games.
Derbyshire is expected to bag their 5th win of the tournament.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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