Cricket Match Predictions: Bob Willis Trophy 2020 - Derbyshire vs Nottinghamshire - Round 1
The Round 1 match of the Bob Willis Trophy 2020, between Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, which takes the place of the County Championship 2020, will be played at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
Derbyshire did not have the best of seasons last year and finished at the seventh place in division 2 with 4 wins and 6 losses from 14 matches, with 145 points. After a certain point in division two, if you finish lower than say the fifth spot, it is not a very hopeful place to be and Derbyshire would do well to start on a fresh note in the curtailed season.
Top order batsmen Billy Godleman, Luis Reece and Wayne Madsen were the top three run scorers for Derbyshire last year and continue to be the hope of the county.
On the bowling front, the team has more than decent pace bowlers in Ravi Rampaul and Samuel Conners who should do the job for them. Luis Reece was also in good rhythm last season and picked up 52 wickets from 14 matches at an average of under 20.
They will come up against Nottinghamshire who have been relegated after they failed to open their account in division 1 last year and ended with 67 points with as many as 10 losses from their 14 games.
Nottinghamshire were truly disappointed with their batsmen in 2019 as even Steven Mullaney, their top scorer in the last season had an average of below 30. Ben Duckett, Chris Nash and Joe Clarke are the other batsmen who are expected to step up to the plate.
Luke Fletcher, who was their top wicket-taker last season, will take heart from the fact that he will have the company of Jake Ball.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Nottinghamshire - Ben Slater, Ben Duckett, Haseeb Hameed, Joe Clarke, Steven Mullaney, Peter Trego, Chris Nash, Samit Patel, Tom Moores, Luke Fletcher, Jake Ball
Derbyshire - Billy Godleman, Luis Reece, Wayne Madsen, Leus du Plooy, Alex Hughes, Matthew Critchley, Harvey Hosein, Fynn Hudson-Prentice, Tony Palladino, Ravi Rampaul, Samuel Conners
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - Derbyshire
Who will win? – Derbyshire
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Billy Godleman (Derbyshire), Steven Mullaney (Nottinghamshire)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Ravi Rampaul (Derbyshire), Luke Fletcher (Nottinghamshire)
Most Sixes – Luis Reece (Derbyshire), Steven Mullaney (Nottinghamshire)
Man of the Match – Billy Godleman
Team Scores Batting first – Derbyshire 230+, Nottinghamshire 200+
Match Handicap Derbyshire
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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.
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