As the second part of a double-header of away fixtures in the NatWest T20 Blast this week, the Steelbacks travel to New Road to take on Worcestershire Rapids tonight.
The Steelbacks players, coaches and supporters would have all been disappointed that the game against Derbyshire last night was abandoned without a ball being bowled, due to the weather. After several days of rain, the 3aaa County Ground in Derby struggled to dry quickly enough and the umpires decided the outfield was not safe to play on.
Worcestershire are currently sitting 6th in the North Division, having won 1 of their 3 games. That sole victory came in their last game against Nottinghamshire Outlaws at Trent Bridge. Worcestershire batted first, with Alexei Kervezee top scoring, with 43 off 36 balls, as Worcestershire finished on 163/6. In reply, Nottinghamshire could only muster 139/9 after their 20 overs, with Chris Russell the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 32, as Worcestershire won by 24 runs.
Worcestershire are a dangerous team, and have a good record in recent years against the Steelbacks. With a potent spin attack led by Pakistani Saeed Ajmal, they are very good at tying teams down, with England all-rounder Moeen Ali one to watch, with both and ball.
David Ripley will be bringing a largely unchanged squad to Worcestershire, as he adds James Middlebrook to the travelling party. This is due to the New Road pitch being renowned for being conducive to spin.
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