Vitality t20 Blast 2019 – Notts Outlaws vs Worcestershire Rapids Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Notts Outlaws vs Worcestershire Rapids taking place? Saturday 21st September, 11:00 (UK)

Where is Notts Outlaws vs Worcestershire Rapids taking place? Edgbaston, Birmingham

What is the expected weather for Notts Outlaws vs Worcestershire Rapids? 23c and sunshine forecast all day

What television channel is Notts Outlaws vs Worcestershire Rapids on? Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream Notts Outlaws vs Worcestershire Rapids? Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for Notts Outlaws vs Worcestershire Rapids? Tickets can still be purchased for the T20 Blast Finals Day here!

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Notts Outlaws W9, Worcestershire Rapids W5, No result 2
Last meeting: No result

THE TEAM NEWS

NOTTS OUTLAWS

  • After winning their maiden T20 crown back in 2017, Notts Outlaws will be fired up to try and regain the trophy as they face last season’s champions in the Worcestershire Rapids in what promises to be a classic.
  • Confidence in this format of the game is flying within the camp after they hammered Middlesex in the quarter-finals by ten wickets as Alex Hales (83 not out) and Chris Nash (74 not out) led them to a stunning victory, and they will know that a big score at the top of the innings once again will be the key to their success.
  • Despite Alex Hales playing in the Caribbean Premier League and Dan Christian having signed to play for the Barbados Tridents, both will be available to play here as Hales will fly in while Christian has yet to join up with his team, so that is a huge boost to their hopes though Imad Wasim is unavailable due to international commitments.

WORCESTERSHIRE RAPIDS

  • Defending champions Worcestershire Rapids look to be finding form at just the right time as they reached Finals Day by beating a strong Sussex Sharks side by eight wickets thanks to skipper Moeen Ali’s stunning 121 not out from just 60 balls.
  • The Rapids have benefitted from Ali being dropped from the England Test team as he has been available for some key games and he has shown just how vital he is to the team in the five matches he has played with both bat and ball.
  • They won the quarter-final without Guptill, Rutherford and Parnell but all three are expected to be available for this match and they will notably improve the batting line-up, and Parnell’s experience in this format will be key to the bowling attack also.

THE PREDICTION

The two favourites for the trophy clash in the first semi-final on Finals Day at Edgbaston and this promises to set the tone for what should be a fantastic day of cricket. The Rapids scraped into the quarters but showed against Sussex just how dangerous they can be and they will be desperate to defend their crown. The Outlaws will be just as motivated to regain the trophy they won two years ago, and just like the Rapids, they won their quarter-final in stunning fashion. This match will very likely come down to which of their big-hitters can produce the goods with Alex Hales and Moeen Ali so key to the hopes of their respective teams. The Rapids' bowling unit has been questionable at times this year with Pat Brown not finding the same form as last year, while the Outlaws have Harry Gurney who is in very good form. The bowling and fielding could make the difference here and the edge there just goes to the Outlaws with the greater balance within their team but this really is a match that could go either way.

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