DERBY Team News
Derbyshire Falcons brought Matt McKiernan in place of medium pacer Anuj Dal in the last match against Lancashire Lightning. McKiernan returned impressive figures of 4-0-27-0 and he will probably be retained by the team for this upcoming game against Northamptonshire Steelbacks. So expect Derbyshire to go in with an unchanged line-up.
DERBY Key Players
Calum MacLeod and Wayne Madsen have looked to be the most promising of all the batsmen in this line-up and so there will be a lot of expectations from them going into this game. Madsen is the leading run-getter for Derbyshire in the 20-overs format which makes him a key figure at the top of the order. However, the team will also need strong contributions from skipper Gary Wilson. Lockie Ferguson has taken seven wickets from four matches this season and the Kiwi fast bowler will pose the biggest threat to Northamptonshire with the ball. Wahab Riaz had a good last game against Lancashire and he too could trouble the batsmen in this match. Alex Hughes has also bowled pretty well so far and Derbyshire will need him to maintain the pressure created by Ferguson and Riaz.
DERBY Recent Form
Derbyshire Falcons are yet to get off the mark on the points table. They have lost all four league matches they have played so far and are currently one place above Northamptonshire on the eight spot in the North Group standings. Derbyshire have managed to post just one 150+ score in their four matches which goes to show how ordinary they have been with the bat.
NOR vs DERBY Head to Head
Northamptonshire Steelbacks have faced Derbyshire Falcons eight times in the history of the English twenty20 tournaments and have emerged victorious on six of those occasions.
The two teams played one completed game against each other in the previous season at the County Ground, Northampton which is the venue for this match as well. Derbyshire elected to bowl first and were set a target of 180 to win by Northamptonshire. The former cantered home with five balls to spare and won the match by seven wickets.
Matches Played: 8; Northamptonshire Won: 6; Derbyshire Won: 2
Northamptonshire vs Derbyshire Prediction
Both the teams are coming into this game after having lost all of their previous fixtures and they will be desperate to lift themselves from the bottom of their group’s points table. Northamptonshire Steelbacks do have the advantage of playing at their home ground but they will be well aware of the fact that they have lost both the matches they have played here so far in this year’s Vitality Blast. Derbyshire Falcons outplayed Northamptonshire the last time these two teams faced-off against each other and this should give the former some confidence. However, Northamptonshire have a very strong overall head-to-head record which is why we predict them to triumph in this match.
Final Verdict: Back Northamptonshire Steelbacks to beat Derbyshire Falcons.