Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - Vitality Blast T20 2019 - Worcestershire Rapids v Birmingham Bears
For the next match of the Vitality Blast T20 2019, Worcestershire and Birmingham Bears (Warwickshire) will lock horns at New Road in Worcester.
Worcestershire are the defending champions and will be coming into this match with a lot of self belief. They beat Sussex by five wickets in the final last year, on the back of some tidy bowling from skipper Moeen Ali who returned to contribute with the bat alongside Joe Clark and Ben Cox to take the team home.
The team had earlier topped the north group points table with nine wins and four losses from 14 matches and had stormed into finals day with 19 points.
Birmingham Bears (Warwickshire) could not move further than the league stage last year and ended at the the sixth spot, with six wins and seven losses from 14 matches and could only accumulate 13 points.
Although Worcestershire went on to win the title last season, one must not forget that they had ended at the second last place in the points table in each of the two earlier seasons. That said, the title win last year will certainly have given them confidence.
Joe Clarke and Callum Ferguson remain their chief strikers with the bat as they scored 396 and 390 runs respectively last year. Patrick Brown will return after recovering from his back injury and is expected to add to the tally of his 31 wickets last year.
For Birmingham Bears, Ian Bell is likely to continue churning runs, while Chris Woakes and Grant Elliot will showcase their all-round skills.
Let's have a look at the squads of both teams:
Birmingham Bears- Jonathan Trott, Alex Mellor, Sam Hain, Ian Westwood, Aaron Thomason, Liam Banks, Matthew Lamb, Ed Pollock, Keith Barker, Oliver Hannon-Dalby, Ateeq Javid, Chris Woakes, William Porterfield, Rikki Clarke, Andrew Umeed, Tim Ambrose, Colin de Grandhomme, Jeetan Patel, Josh Poysden, Ian Bell, Mark Adair, Boyd Rankin, Chris Wright, Sunny Singh, George Panayi, Olly Stone, Grant Elliot
Worcestershire Rapids- Joe Leach, Daryl Mitchell, Ed Barnard, Ollie Westbury, Ben Twohig, Brett D’Oliveira, Ross Whiteley, Alex Hepburn, Alexei Kervezee, George Rhodes, Josh Tongue, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Moeen Ali, John Hastings, Mitchell Santner, Ben Cox, Joe Clarke, Jack Shantry, Tom Fell, Charlie Morris
Who will win the toss? - Worcestershire
Who will win? – Worcestershire
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Ian Bell (Birmingham Bears), Ben Cox (Worcestershire)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Jeetan Patel (Birmingham Bears), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)
Most Sixes – William Porterfield (Birmingham Bears), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)
Man of the Match – Moeen Ali
Team Scores Batting first – Birmingham Bears 200+, Worcestershire 190+
Match Handicap Worcestershire
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.