Worcestershire host Nottinghamshire in their NatWest T20 Blast 2015 encounter at Worcester on Sunday. Check out the latest Worcestershire v Nottinghamshire betting tips for this T20 Blast encounter.
Nottinghamshire won the game by 11 runs after setting Worcestershire a target of 170 for a win.
Story so far:
Both Worcestershire and Nottinghamshire have won two games and are on four points. Worcestershire have a game on hand after Nottinghamshire lost their previous match on Friday, as they went down to Leicestershire with more than an over to spare.
Batting first, Nottinghamshire were propped by Alex Hales’ half-century, who in partnership with Brendan Taylor’s 47, seemed to have pushed them into a position of strength. However the Notts fell away in the final few overs, scoring just 45 from 37 deliveries, ending with a below-par 148 for seven.
Stuart Broad’s 1/20 from four overs helped them reduce Leicestershire to 53 for four in the eighth but Umar Akmal saw them through to a win. Jake Ball got three early wickets but conceded 42 from his four while Luke Fletcher gave away 37 from his 3.5.
Given the proximity of this game to the New Zealand ODIs, Hales might miss out this encounter, which will be a huge blow to the side’s chances.
With Moeen Ali dropped from the England ODI squad, he was back to play for the Worcestershire side in their previous match against Northamptonshire. And boy did he bat well or what, smashing a 50-ball 90 at the top of the innings, sending in a timely reminder to the England selectors he can do well at the top of the innings for the national side.
Also back in the side was Saeed Ajmal who had a mixed day. He took three wickets but was smashed for 53 runs off his remodelled action while Joe Leach finished with figures of 2/38 from his four to win them that high-scoring game by 14 runs.
Brendan Taylor (Nottinghamshire):
It’s not been too good a tournament for Zimbabwean Taylor but he did show signs of returning back to form in the previous game. After scores of 12, 8 and 2 in his first three games, he carved out a neat 47 but got out at the wrong time, will hope to rectify that now that there’s every chance Hales will miss out because of his national commitments.
Moeen Ali (Worcestershire):
As mentioned earlier, Moeen isn’t a part of the England set-up and that should allow him another go at the top of the order for Worcs. He made 90 last game but he didn’t have a great time with the ball, something that he will look to overcome in this encounter.
Worcestershire v Nottinghamshire head to head:
Nottinghamshire are 4-1 on head to head against Worcestershire, having played just once last year. And that was the time when Worcestershire had managed to get the better of the Notts. Worcestershire made 163 and Saeed Ajmal’s two-for ensured that Samit Patel’s 41 would go in vain.
Worcestershire v Nottinghamshire betting tips:
Worcestershire to win: 13/8
Moeen Ali to be Worcestershire’s top batsman: 11/4
Brendan Taylor to be Nottinghamshire’s top batsman: 4/1
Match starts at 2.30 pm local time (1330 hours GMT) on June 7.