Central Group teams Worcestershire Rapids and Northamptonshire Steelbacks will meet at County Ground (New Road, Worcester) on Saturday (29th August).
Both teams have earned one point each in the early period of this tournament after their respective tournament-opening matches were washed out in rain.
On Saturday (29th August), Worcestershire Rapids will face Northamptonshire Steelbacks at County Ground (New Road, Worcester) in the Central Group match of the T20 Blast 2020. It will begin at 13:00 local (17:30 IST).
It will be the first T20 match at County Ground (New Road, Worcester) in the ongoing season. This venue provides the high-scoring encounters where the chasing teams generally enjoy the most.
Average first innings total at this venue (in last five completed T20 matches): 148.60
T20 Match results at this venue (in last five completed matches): 1st Batting side won – 2; 2nd Batting team won – 3
Worcestershire Rapids: Ben Cox (wk), Ed Barnard (c), Riki Wessels, Hamish Rutherford, Daryl Mitchell, Brett D’Oliveira, Jake Libby, Ross Whiteley, Charlie Morris, Dillon Pennington, Josh Tongue
Northamptonshire Steelbacks: Paul Stirling, Adam Rossington, Richard Levi, Charlie Thurston, Josh Cobb (C), Alex Wakely, Rob Keogh, Nathan Buck, Graeme White, Ben Sanderson, Brandon Glover
Riki Wessels was the most run-scorer for this team in the previous T20 Blast season, where the defending champions finished as the runners-up. He scored 461 runs in 14 matches with an average 35.46, including three half-centuries with the best knock of 91 runs. He is a very consistent batsman in the T20 format as he is the most run-scorer in T20 Blast since 2014 (2656 runs with an average 35.89).
The team is hoping some good performances from the New Zealand opening batsman Hamish Rutherford.
The 24-year-old right-arm pacer Ed Barnard, who is leading this side, is the crucial member in their bowling line-up. All-rounder Daryl Mitchell is another important name in this squad.
Captain Josh Cobb, Adam Rossington, Richard Levi and Paul Stirling are the crucial names in their top-order batting line-up.
The right-arm pacer Ben Sanderson is the crucial name in their bowling line-up along with all-rounder Rob Keogh and left-arm spinner Graeme White.
Captain: Paul Stirling, Josh Cobb
Vice-captain: Daryl Mitchell, Riki Wessels
Wicket-keeper(s) – Adam Rossington
Batsmen – Richard Levi, Paul Stirling (C), Riki Wessels, Hamish Rutherford
All-Rounder(s) – Josh Cobb (vc), Daryl Mitchell
Bowlers – Brandon Glover, Ben Sanderson, Graeme White, Ed Barnard
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