Worcestershire, who are looking for their first win, will take on Lancashire at Worcester on Friday in 2017 NatWest T20 Blast. Worcestershire have lost all the three matches they have played so far. Lancashire have played four matches so far, winning two, losing one and one tied clash. Cricwizz takes a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the two teams ahead of the clash.
Dependable middle order: In the three matches Worcestershire have played, they have their middle-order rallying to help revive the team although they have not been able to post a win yet. Ben Cox has been the most consistent batsman for Worcestershire, scoring 43, 51 and 40* in the three matches.
Bowling lacks penetration: Although Worcestershire batsmen have to be blamed for the triple losses so far, their bowling too has not helped their cause either. Their bowling has just been unable to stop the opposition from running away with the game. They have just taken 9 wickets in three matches and that sum up their bowling woes.
Worcestershire Rapids Squad – Daryl Mitchell, Joe Clarke(captain), Joe Leach, Brett D’Oliveira, Mitchell Santner, Ben Cox, Ross Whiteley, John Hastings, Ed Barnard, George Rhodes, Jack Shantry, Josh Tongue, Alex Hepburn.
In-form batsmen: Lancashire have an in-form batting line-up where the batsmen have helped the team post two wins. Their openers Karl Brown and Liam Livingstone have been among the runs giving useful start at the top of the order. Then they have Jos Buttler who has scores of 59, 39, 28 and 42* in the four innings.
Failure to launch killer blow: Lancashire have lost just one match so far in this tournament. They had Leicestershire struggling in chase of 174. But they failed to launch the killer blow as Leicestershire won by 3 wickets. Also, they had a tied match that could have gone the other way. Lancashire need to work on this aspect.
Tom Bailey, Luke Procter, Jos Buttler. Stephen Parry, Mathew Parkinson, Saqib Mahmood, Liam Livingstone, Jordan Clark, Arron Lilley, Steven Croft, Alex Davies, Simon Kerrigan, Kyle Jarvis, Dane Vilas, Ryan McLaren, Danny Lamb, Josh Bohannon, Karl Brown.
Prediction: Lancashire have had been the team to beat this tournament. They have notched a few exciting wins. Worcestershire have struggled and are still looking for their first win in the tournament. Lancashire will start favourites against Worcestershire.
Possible winner: Lancashire