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Worcestershire Rapids vs Northamptonshire Steelbacks Betting Tips, Predictions & Odds – Rapids to start with a win

  • Worcestershire Rapids were runners-up in the 2019 Vitality Blast.
  • Worcestershire Rapids have won 2 of their last 3 matches against the Steelbacks..
  • Worcestershire Rapids’ Riki Wessels has scored 31, 34, 47 and 51 in his last 4 innings in the Vitality T20 Blast.
  • Northamptonshire Steelbacks’ JJ Cobb scored 62 runs in the last fixture against the Rapids.
  • Northamptonshire Steelbacks only won 4 of their 14 matches in 2019.
Worcestershire Rapids Riki Wessels
Riki Wessels backed to lead the Rapids to victory (Getty images)

Worcestershire Rapids and Northamptonshire Steelbacks face off for their first games in the 2020 Vitality Blast at the County Ground in Worcester. Worcestershire were champions in 2018 and ended as runners-up in 2019. Northamptonshire had a disappointing 2019 season where they finished second from bottom in the Northern division.

Worcestershire Rapids Form


The Worcestershire Rapids finished fourth in the Northern division and eventually ended up runners-up in the final in 2019.

They played the Essex Eagles in the final and lost 4 wickets. In a tight game, the Rapids batted first and posted 145/9. The Rapids came agonisingly close to victory as the Eagles hit a boundary off the last ball of the match to win it.

Riki Wessels was their star man with the bat over the course of the campaign scoring 461 runs.

Worcestershire Rapids News


England international Pat Brown is on international duty and is not available for selection. Ed Barnard has been handed the captaincy in Brown’s absence. Moeen Ali looks set to miss the entire tournament. Key players Riki Wessels, Hamish Rutherford and Darryl Mitchell are all available for selection. 

Northamptonshire Steelbacks Form


Northamptonshire Steelbacks finished second bottom of their group in 2019. They have won the competition twice before so this will have been viewed as a tremendous failure.

Captain Josh Cobb was the team's top run-scorer and ended the 2019 season with 254 runs at an average of 25.40.

Northamptonshire Steelbacks News


The Steelbacks have managed to strengthen their top order and will have Richard Levi, Paul Stirling, Josh Cobb and Adam Rossington available for selection. They have added Brandon Glover to their bowling attack and will expect a lot from the player this year.

Worcestershire Rapids vs Northamptonshire Steelbacks Head to Head


The Rapids and the Steelbacks share two victories each between them with one no result in their last 5 meetings.

The most recent match between the teams saw the Steelbacks win by 7 wickets. The Rapids batted first and posted 188/5. The Steelbacks chased it down and ended the match on 189/3.

Worcestershire Rapids vs Northamptonshire Steelbacks Odds


The Worcestershire Rapids are valued at 1.73 to win the match with unibet while Northamptonshire Steelbacks have been priced at 2.10.

Worcestershire Rapids vs Northamptonshire Steelbacks Match Up


This will be both team’s first matches and they will be looking to get off to a winning start in any way they can. The Rapids have a team that is slightly more balanced with bat and ball and they are expected to be one of the favourites of the tournament. 

The Steelbacks have strengthened their batting with a good top order but their bowling attack strength has been identified as a potential weakness.

Worcestershire Rapids vs Northamptonshire Steelbacks Stats


  • Worcestershire Rapids have won 2 of their last 3 matches against the Steelbacks.
  • Worcestershire Rapids were runners-up in 2019 and champions in 2018.
  • Worcestershire Rapids’ batsman Riki Wessels has scored more runs than any other batsman in the competition since 2014.
  • Worcestershire Rapids’ Riki Wessels has scored 31, 34, 47 and 51 in his last 4 innings in the Vitality T20 Blast.
  • Northamptonshire Steelbacks’ JJ Cobb scored 62 runs in the last fixture against the Rapids.
  • Northamptonshire Steelbacks only won 4 of their 14 matches in 2019.

Worcestershire Rapids vs Northamptonshire Steelbacks FAQ

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Where is the Worcestershire Rapids vs Northamptonshire Steelbacks match being played?

The Worcestershire Rapids vs Northamptonshire Steelbacks match is being played at the County Ground in Worcester, England.

When is the Worcestershire Rapids vs Northamptonshire Steelbacks being played?

The Worcestershire Rapids vs Northamptonshire Steelbacks match is being played on Saturday 29 August 2020.

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Verdict

I'm backing the Worcestershire Rapids to win the match with Riki Wessels to star with bat in hand.

Best Bet: Wessels Over 23.5 Runs Over/Under Runs @-120.48 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Best Rapids Batsman Tip: Riki Wessels Best Rapids Batsman @250 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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