A lot is into the IPL with the whole world looking at big franchises there and prospecting players for the Champion’s trophy. But what we fail to see is the Royal London One Day Domestic Tournament producing equally eye-catching performances as well.
The north region leaders Yorkshire needs no introduction with their heavy batting talents of Root, Bairstow, Handscomb, Balance have lead the team to 3 on 3 matches they have played. Bairstow’s 174* has been the star performance of the week, coming at an important chase for their side who ended up chasing 335 in just 47.4 overs against Durham. Consistent performances from Leicestershire’s Mark Pettini have given their team an upper hand who now stays at a very crucial 3 position with 2 wins and a loss. On the other side Lancashire and Worcestershire is not looking in good shape with both the teams not yet being able to register a win as yet.
The Southern region sees Essex and Somerset rule the top spot with both registering 3 wins in their 3 matches. Dean Elger, Peter Trego and R. Van der Merwe all have heavily contributed with centuries to consolidate their batting structure. Their key bowlers Overton and Davey has also been in among the wickets to give their team the structure that a team deserves. Essex has been superb in their bowling with Ravi Bopara getting 6 wickets in the three matches as well as getting some important runs for the team. Mathew Quinn’s return from injury has been the key for their team and so has been his opening ball partnership with Neil Wagner; the duo has been able to give their side a fearsome start. None of the other teams has been able to consistently perform with all of them registering one win in 3 matches except Kent who sits last with no victories to their name as yet.
Overall the Royal London One day Cup is right now a little unevenly poised with 2, 3 teams dominating the table and the others trying their best to cope with that. As the week goes by the competition is expected to become fiercer and the teams and the players getting better.