We predict that Gloucestershire would get the better of Derbyshire in this encounter.BET NOW
The fourth quarter-final of the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will see Gloucestershire face-off against Derbyshire Falcons. The match will be played on September 7 at the County Ground in Bristol. Live telecast is scheduled to begin at 7 PM local time.
Gloucestershire made only one change to their side in the last match against Sussex, dropping Chris Liddle for Josh Shaw. Although the latter returned expensive figures, conceding 42 runs off his four overs, the team might want to give him another opportunity. Gloucestershire has no injury concerns heading into this quarter-final and we don’t expect them to tweak their line-up for this crucial match. Michael Klinger and Miles Hammond will continue to open the batting while David Payne and Andrew Tye will be the new-ball bowlers.
Michael Klinger, the skipper is looking on top of his game at the moment and is certainly the key man in Gloucestershire’s batting unit. The opener has scored the most runs for his side this T20 Blast season – 356 runs at an average of 35.60. Klinger’s last four innings’ scores read 40, 74, 102* and 48.
Gloucestershire did not start off too well this season, winning only one of their first four completed fixtures. But they managed to turn things around thereafter and ended up finishing second in the South Group points table with 18 points. Gloucestershire won seven, lost three and tied one out of their eleven completed matches during the league stage. They have won their last four matches on the bounce. After sharing points with Somerset in a rained-out encounter, Gloucestershire secured three consecutive wins – against Somerset (in the second clash of the season), Kent and Sussex.
Derbyshire has been unchanged since their last two matches, and since they have won both of those, they are unlikely to disturb their winning combination for this upcoming knockout match against Gloucestershire. Luis Reece and Matthew Critchley swapped batting positions last time out, and after Critchley’s failure with the bat, we expect Reece to regain his opening spot. Wayne Madsen and Leus du Plooy should continue to bat at their usual number three and four positions respectively. Derbyshire will probably throw the new balls to Logan van Beek and Ravi Rampaul once again.
With 419 runs at an average of 46.55, skipper Billy Godleman is one of the tournament’s leading run-getter. The left-handed opener has cracked four half-centuries this T20 Blast and is coming off back-to-back fifties – 52* versus Leicestershire and 57 versus Lancashire. Derbyshire will want their captain to lead from the front once again.
Derbyshire Falcons have finished third in the North Group standings at the conclusion of the league stage with seven wins, five defeats and a couple of washouts from their fourteen matches. They have won five of their last six completed matches including the most recently played three. Derbyshire played their last match against Lancashire whom they beat by 11 runs. Prior to that, they inflicted heavy defeats on Northamptonshire and Leicestershire – winning both of those games by a margin of nine wickets.
Michael Klinger (c), Miles Hammond, James Bracey (wk), Ian Cockbain, Jack Taylor, Ryan Higgins, Graeme van Buuren, Tom Smith, Andrew Tye, David Payne, Josh Shaw
Luis Reece, Billy Godleman (c), Wayne Madsen, Leus du Plooy, Alex Hughes, Matthew Critchley, Fynn Hudson-Prentice, Anuj Dal, Daryn Smit (wk), Logan van Beek, Ravi Rampaul
Gloucestershire and Derbyshire both raised their game as the tournament approached its business end and both are coming on the back of consecutive wins. Both the teams have given impressive performances of late and there is not much to choose between them. But considering the home advantage, the scales seem to be tipped in favor of Gloucestershire. Bet on Gloucestershire to win.