2016 NatWest T20 Blast - Statistical Preview
The first week of the NatWest Twenty20 Blast is upon us and there is plenty of cricketing action in store for the fans. Here are a few key statistics that lie ahead of the first week.
Worcestershire Rapids v Durham Jets
The Worcestershire Rapids have claimed a hat-trick of wins against Durham Jets prior to this fixture. The Worcestershire Rapids have also won 17 games from their last 25 completed encounters.
Durham Jets’ last five victories were after they opted to bat first. Suman Arshad of the Durham Jets had a strike rate of 10.1 in the 2015 season – the best for any bowler with a minimum of 10 wickets.
Meanwhile, among the players with 300 runs in the previous season, Ross Whiteley of the Worcestershire Rapids had the second best strike rate (178), only behind Chris Gayle (192.9)
Leicestershire Foxes v Northamptonshire Steelbacks
In the four previous encounters between Leicestershire Foxes and Northamptonshire Steelbacks, the side chasing has secured a victory. In their last six home games, Leicestershire Foxes have been defeated only twice.
On the other hand, the Northamptonshire Steelbacks have managed to win nine out of their last 12 games. In the last encounter between the two sides in July 2015, Richard Levi of Northamptonshire Steelbacks hit his highest score (67 not out) of the 2015 season.
Notts Outlaws v Birmingham Bears
Out of the last four games between the two teams at Trent Bridge, Notts Outlaws have won thrice. In their last nine away encounters, Birmingham Bears have won seven games. Despite winning three of their final completed matches in 2015, the Notts Outlaws were unable to reach the knockouts.
Rikki Clarke of Birmingham bowled 148 dot balls in the previous season, which is the most by any bowler. In the most recent game between the two sides, Oliver Hannon-Dalby bowled his career best figures of four for 29, giving Birmingham Bears a seven-wicket win.
Lancashire Lightning v Derbyshire Falcons
In their last five matches against the Derbyshire Falcons, Lancashire Lightning have won four matches. Out of their 10 home victories, Lancashire Lightning has won nine matches while defending targets. In their last three away games on a Saturday, Derbyshire Falcons have been undefeated.
Derbyshire’s Ben Cotton sent down 96 deliveries without conceding a single six – a record in the last season. Lancashire Lightning will miss the services of James Faulkner, who was the most economical bowler in the death overs in the 2015 season (minimum three overs bowled).
Gloucestershire v Sussex Sharks
In their last seven matches against Gloucestershire, Sussex Sharks have claimed victory in five encounters. The team chasing has won the last seven matches involving Gloucestershire.
When the last time these two teams played in June 2015, Luke Wright of Sussex slammed an unbeaten 111-run knock. Gloucestershire’s Michael Klinger scored 30.4% of the team runs in 2015, the highest by any batsman. Klinger also notched seven scores of more than fifty, which is a record in the previous season.
Kent Spitfires v Somerset
Kent Spitfires have now won four consecutive matches against Somerset and all the wins came when Kent batted first. Somerset won four games out of the 14 matches last year and all of them were when they batted second.
Daniel Bell-Drummond brought up his highest T20 score (77) the last time the two teams met in the tournament and played a key role in Kent Spitfires winning the contest by 22 runs. Mitchell Claydon took 15 wickets in the death overs in the 2015 NatWest T20 Blast – a record.
Essex Eagles v Surrey
Essex Eagles have claimed victory in the seven out of their last nine home matches against Surrey. However, out of the last three games between the two sides in Chelmsford, Surrey have been victors.
In their previous four completed games at home, Essex Eagles have been victorious. In the encounter between the two sides in Chelmsford last season, Tom Curran managed to bowl his career best haul of four wickets for 35 runs, giving Surrey a 44-run win.
Among the bowlers who took a minimum of 15 wickets last season, Ravi Bopara had the third best economy rate of 6.6 runs per over. Essex’s Jesse Ryder scored 74.3% of his runs from boundaries in the last season, which is the highest share of any player who scored 350 runs or more.
Stats from Opta
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