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Toss Winner - Northamptonshire won the toss and chose to bowl first
Northamptonshire beat Derbyshire by 6 wickets
Must-win game after consecutive losses for the Falcons and Steelbacks
Derbyshire Falcons to win
Tournament: VITALITY T20 BLAST 2023 | Format: T20 | Venue: County Ground, Derby, England | Toss: To BatBet Now
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We are in the 23rd game of the T20 Blast 2023, which will be very important for Derbyshire Falcons and Northamptonshire Steelbacks. Both teams lost their first two games. Derbyshire Falcons come here with a loss against the Notts Outlaws. The Steelbacks went down against Durham and would be eying their first win.
Derbyshire Falcons have the home advantage, and they will look to capitalize on it. They have won the last four out of five games against Northamptonshire Steelbacks, which will add to their confidence. The stakes are high for both teams, and a loss here would make it tough for them to finish within the Top 4.
Leus du Plooy's plays its first game on home soil under pressure. It has been a poor start to the season for the side, as they have lost both their games. They batted well in the last game but failed to do well with the ball, going down by 4 wickets against Notts Outlaws. The Falcons' skipper would expect better efforts from his players as they play on a familiar surface.
Luis Reece is doing well at the top and will look forward to offering a good start with Haider Ali. Wayne Madsen will have to hold the innings in the middle order and add runs with Leus du Plooy and Anuj Dal. The lower middle is strong, and they will like runs from Aneurin Donald, Zak Chappell, and Mattie McKiernan.
Their bowlers have failed the side in both games and must come up with a better effort. Zaman Khan and George Scrimshaw must deliver the early wickets for the side to be in a comfortable position. Mark Watt, Chappell, and McKiernan must do well in the middle overs, as the Steelbacks have a strong middle order.
Leus du Plooy (c), Haider Ali, Luis Reece, Wayne Madsen, Anuj Dal, Aneurin Donald (wk), Mattie McKiernan, Zak Chappell, Mark Watt, George Scrimshaw, Zaman Khan
Zak Chappell, Wayne Madsen, George Scrimshaw, Anuj Dal, Matt McKiernan, Brooke Guest, Zaman Khan, Luis Reece, Leus du Plooy, Mark Watt, Haider Ali
David Willey's side needs to get its acts together in this game. They have lost the last two and can't afford another loss. It was a poor show from their batsmen and bowlers in the last game as they lost to Durham Cricket by 10 wickets. They don't have a good record against Derbyshire, and Willey will like a spirited show from his players in this important game.
Ricardo Vasconcelos has batted well and will need support at the other end from Chris Lynn to put up a strong performance. Willey, Josh Cobb, and Saif Zaib have a lot of experience and must do well in the middle order. Lewis McManus, Tom Taylor, and Rob Keogh must contribute in the lower middle order in this must-win game.
Their bowling has been ordinary in the last two games. Willey and Cobb must use their experience and put Derbyshire under pressure with the new ball. Andrew Tye has a lot of experience and must do well in the middle order with Tom Taylor and Graeme White. Zaib and James Sales add to their bowling options.
David Willey (c), Chris Lynn, Ricardo Vasconcelos, Josh Cobb, Saif Zaib, Lewis McManus (wk), Tom Taylor, Rob Keogh, James Sales, Graeme White, Andrew Tye
Andrew Tye, Ricardo Vasconcelos, Tom Taylor, Josh Cobb, Freddie Heldreich, Saif Zaib, Graeme White, David Willey, James Sales, Chris Lynn, Lewis McManus
The skies over Derbyshire would see odd clouds on May 29. We expect it to be a nice game of cricket. The bounce on this surface would be true, allowing the batsmen to play their strokes easily. A score of 170 runs would be a good total for the side that bats first in this game.
County Ground, Derby, does offer some assistance to the fast bowlers at the start of the game. The true bounce and pace on the surface allow the batsmen to play their strokes, and we have seen high-scoring games. There isn't much turn for the spinners, and it is challenging for them to bowl here.
In recent games, the wicket looked good for batting at the start and slowed down towards the end. The side that wins the toss here would like to take advantage of it and opt for batting first and have a big score on the board.
Northamptonshire Steelbacks come here with a big loss, and their bowlers had a bad day at the office. The side needs major improvements in both departments of the game to win this contest. Derbyshire Falcons play at home, and their batsmen have done well. It will be a close game, but the Falcons have a slight edge.
Derbyshire Falcons to win
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