2016 NatWest T20 Blast Week Five - Statistical Preview
By the end of week four in the NatWest Twenty20 Blast, Worcestershire Rapids moved to the top of the North Group while Glamorgan managed to hold on to the number one spot in the South Group.
With the fifth week ready to get underway, here is a statistical preview of the games.
Lancashire Lightning v Northamptonshire Steelbacks
This fixture is a repeat of the final of the 2015 NatWest T20 Blast where Lancashire Lightning emerged champions after beating Northamptonshire Steelbacks. Against Northamptonshire Steelbacks, Lancashire have won all the previous home games. The side batting first has won the last seven encounters between the two sides.
Leicestershire Foxes v Worcestershire Rapids
The side batting second has seen victory in five out of the six matches between these two teams. Worcestershire Rapids have secured victory in the last four out of their five games. They have also won seven out of the last eight away games in the tournament.
Northamptonshire Steelbacks v Durham Jets
Durham Jets emerged victorious in four out of the last five encounters against Northamptonshire Steelbacks. The previous two meetings between the two sides on a Friday, saw Durham Jets winning the games. Northamptonshire Steelbacks currently have a six-game winning streak at home.
Derbyshire Falcons v Birmingham Bears
Derbyshire Falcons have beaten Birmingham Bears in three out of the last four encounters but the defeat came in the most recent match in 2015. The Derbyshire Falcons have won alternating games in their last six encounters, beating Leicestershire Foxes in their most recent match.
Yorkshire Vikings v Notts Outlaws
Yorkshire Vikings have won two consecutive games against Notts Outlaws. However, Notts Outlaws have won nine out of the last 13 away games. Out of the five games Yorkshire have won since 2015 have been when they were chasing a score.
Worcestershire Rapids v Notts Outlaws
The Notts Outlaws have beaten Worcestershire Rapids in five out of the last seven games. Notts Outlaws won all the three away games against the Worcestershire Rapids. However, Worcestershire Rapids currently are on a three-match winning streak at home.
Birmingham Bears v Lancashire Lightning
In the last eight games between the two sides, Lancashire Lightning have won six games. Lancashire Lightning have also been defeated only once in the last seven games at Edgbaston. At home, Birmingham Bears have won 11 out of the last 14 matches.
Yorkshire Vikings v Derbyshire Falcons
Against Derbyshire Falcons, the Yorkshire Vikings have won seven out of the last nine matches. At home against Derbyshire Falcons, Yorkshire Vikings have seen victory in three out of the last four games on a Friday. The Derbyshire Falcons on the other hand have only one win in their last 17 away matches.
Somerset v Glamorgan
Glamorgan have won three back to back matches against Somerset, with the wins coming while batting first. Previously, Somerset had nine consecutive home wins against Glamorgan but they have now lost back to back matches at Taunton. If Somerset beat Glamorgan in this encounter, they will win three games in a row for the first time since 2013.
Middlesex v Sussex Sharks
Against Middlesex, Sussex Sharks have won seven out of the last nine encounters. Sussex Sharks have only one away loss against Middlesex. Out of their last four encounters ahead of this fixture, Middlesex have won three games, all while opting to bat first.
Essex Eagles v Gloucestershire
At home, Essex Eagles have won all the four games against Gloucestershire. However, Gloucestershire are currently on a four-match winning streak away from home. Against Gloucestershire, the side chasing has won 10 out of the last 11 games.
Somerset v Hampshire
At home against Hampshire, Somerset won their three previous encounters. Somerset won all the four games played on a Friday against Hampshire. Meanwhile, Hampshire are currently on a three-match losing streak. Their longest such streak was in 2007 where they lost five games.
Surrey v Middlesex
Surrey have beaten Middlesex eight times out of the last 10 encounters. When winning the toss against Surrey in away games, Middlesex have lost all the four matches. Surrey have seen victory in four out of their last five encounters at home.
Hampshire v Sussex Sharks
In the nine previous games against Sussex Sharks, Hampshire have eight wins. Prior to this fixture, Hampshire have won three home games consecutively. All the wins for Sussex at the Ageas Bowl have been when they have chased.
Glamorgan v Kent Spitfires
Kent Spitfires have not won against Glamorgan in the last two games after winning the first four encounters. In Wales, Kent Spitfires are unbeaten in three games. In Cardiff, the team batting second has won four out of the last five matches.
Gloucestershire v Somerset
Somerset have emerged as winners in five out of the last six games against Gloucestershire. At home Gloucestershire have won just once in the last seven games against Somerset. In Bristol, Gloucestershire have lost five games on the trot and prior to that, they won five consecutive games.
Stats from Opta
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