Vitality t20 Blast 2019 – Northamptonshire Steelbacks vs Worcestershire Rapids Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Northamptonshire Steelbacks vs Worcestershire Rapids taking place? Friday 30th August, 18:30 (UK)

Where is Northamptonshire Steelbacks vs Worcestershire Rapids taking place? The County Ground, Northampton

What is the expected weather for Northamptonshire Steelbacks vs Worcestershire Rapids? 22-23c with some cloud cover but no rain is expected

What television channel is Northamptonshire Steelbacks vs Worcestershire Rapids on? Northamptonshire Steelbacks vs Worcestershire Rapids will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Northamptonshire Steelbacks vs Worcestershire Rapids? N/A

Where can I get tickets for Northamptonshire Steelbacks vs Worcestershire Rapids? Check https://www.ecb.co.uk/T20-Blast for updates about tickets

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Northamptonshire Steelbacks W12, Worcestershire Rapids W15, No Result 4
Last meeting: Worcestershire Rapids vs Northamptonshire Steelbacks – no result

THE TEAM NEWS

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE STEELBACKS

  • Northamptonshire Steelbacks head into their final contest of this year’s t20 Blast at the foot of the North Group after they were hammered by Yorkshire Vikings in what was a very poor performance by the Steelbacks.
  • Despite taking seven wickets, they could not prevent Yorkshire from posting a good total and left themselves needing to chase 188 but they got nowhere near that as they were bowled out for just 107 for an 80-run defeat.
  • Northamptonshire picked a strong team for that loss at Yorkshire as well as giving game time to the inexperienced pair of Tom Sole and Blessing Muzarabani but the manner of that defeat may mean further changes for this final game.

WORCESTERSHIRE RAPIDS

  • Worcestershire Rapids were left to rue the weather as their game with Notts Outlaws was abandoned without a ball being bowled but that point was enough to seal their spot in the quarter-finals.
  • The result means that they cannot be caught in fourth place and they could still claim a home tie in the quarter-finals but they will have to win this game and hope that Notts lose their final match against Durham Jets.
  • The Rapids have performed well as a team to ensure their qualification to the last eight although one man who has enjoyed a good tournament is youngster Pat Brown who leads the way in terms of wickets taken for his side with 13

THE PREDICTION

Northamptonshire Steelbacks will not want to end bottom of the North Group and that may give them the inspiration needed to pull out a performance in this final game for them. They were poor against Yorkshire and outplayed in all departments as they were comprehensively beaten but get a chance to bounce back here. They face a Worcestershire Rapids side that can still earn a home quarter-final and the difference in quality should tell here with the away side able to claim the win.

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