Though Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire are at second and third position respectively in the North group of the Vitality T20 Blast 2019, none of them are sure of going through to the next stage as the table looks extremely tight. The North group is found chasing Lancashire who sit at the top with 15 points. A win for Derbyshire though will seen them jump two places to second.
Friday will also see seven more T20 Blast matches being played at the same time. Somerset vs Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire vs Leicestershire, Lancashire vs Warwickshire, Yorkshire vs Durham, Kent vs Sussex, Hampshire vs Surrey, Essex vs Glamorgan will kick off along with the Nottinghamshire vs Derbyshire match.
The North group match between Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Friday, August 16 at 05:30 PM GMT.
While captain Daniel Christian has had a decent tournament so far, Harry Gurney, with 13 wickets in 7 matches, has been the strike bowler for Nottinghamshire. The likes Samit Patel and Imad Wasim have bowled tight overs with an overall economy less than six. Though Alex Hales hasn’t been on top of his form, his threat at the top of the order cannot be discounted.
Predicted Playing XI
Samit Patel, Daniel Christian (c), Harry Gurney, Alex Hales, Jake Ball, Ben Duckett, Joe Clarke, Luke Wood, Imad Wasim, Matthew Carter, Tom Moores (wk)
Derbyshire’s has been in good form. Leus du Plooy, along with captain Billy Godleman has a batting average of above 40, while Wayne Madsen is almost touching 40. In the bowling department, West Indian Ravi Rampaul is boasting of 14 scalps in 8 matches, and should be expected to come good against the Notts in an important encounter.
Predicted Playing XI
Boyd Rankin, Ravi Rampaul, Billy Godleman (c), Wayne Madsen, Alex Hughes, Luis Reece, Daryn Smit (wk), Logan van Beek, Fynn Hudson-Prentice, Matthew Critchley, Leus du Plooy
Injury and Availability News:
No injury concern from both sides as of now.
Alex Hales is a dangerous batsman up top. Nottinghamshire would want him to come good and Derbyshire cannot discount him just because he is not on top his form. He has shown signs of getting going, and the destructive opener should come good if he sees off the opening spell from Ravi Rampaul. With Hales expected to come good, he is good choice for captain in the fantasy leagues.
Weather and pitch report
Expected temperatures are around 17 degree Celsius and a humidity of 87% seems good but a forecast of rain can act as a villain for some T20 action. But if it doesn’t rain and conditions remain overcast, conditions would be suitable for swing bowling and the likes of Ravi Rampaul and Harry Gurney will feel they have good opportunity to take a few wickets.
The Trent Bridge pitch has generally been even. The average first innings score here is 154. The oddly shaped ground gives big hitters an advantage with a short boundary on one of the sides. The highest successful chase at Trent Bridge is the 173 chased by England against West Indies.
The contest between Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire has generally been a high scoring affair. In the last five matches, the Notts have out-batted Derbyshire on each of the occasions. One of the matches even saw the Notts post a mammoth 227, which Derby fell short by five runs.
Looking at the past matches, the contest promises to be a high scoring one.
Dream XI Prediction Team:
Batters: Wayne Madsen, Billy Godleman, Leus de Plooy, Alex Hales
All-rounders: Mathew Critchley, Daniel Christian, Luis Reece
Bowlers: Ravi Rampaul, Harry Gurney, Matthew Carter
Wicketkeeper: Tom Moores
Captain & Vice-captain: Alex Hales & Billy Godleman