WRW vs YOR Match Prediction & Betting Tips - May 20, 2023

WRW vs YOR Match Prediction - May 20, 2023

The T20 Blast 2023 is about to kick off and as always, we are excited to be able to bring to you the best of T20 talent on display in the English county circuit. There are a lot of things to consider while analysing these teams like player availability, recent form, conditions, pitch, and possible strategic combinations. 

The Birmingham Bears were very impressive last season (at least in the group stage) and have strengthened their squad for this season as well. They will start their season against Yorkshire, who go into this match as the underdogs. 

Match prediction and cricket betting tips for Birmingham Bears vs Yorkshire Vikings T20 Blast 2023. The match will be played on the 20th of May 2023 at the Edgbaston, Birmingham.

WRW vs YOR Team Previews

Birmingham Bears

The Bears added Moeen Ali and Ed Barnard to their squad from last season, a big plus, and lost out on Adam Hose and Olly Stone. Unfortunately, Moeen Ali and Glenn Maxwell (the overseas gun for the Bears) are not going to be available for this match as they are at the IPL. 

Keep in mind that the Bears finished first in the group stage last season and so are starting with s a strong base of players already.

The Bears also have Hasan Ali in their squad but he picked up a slight injury in the leadup to this game and may not be available for selection. We think Paul Stirling will step into the lineup until the entire squad becomes available. He leads a pretty strong batting lineup that also has Alex Davies, Sam Hain, Jacob Bethell, and Sam Mousley.

Chris Woakes (if made available by England) will step into the lineup as the all-rounder at 7.

A number of the bowlers for the Bears can score runs and that gives them a lot of depth.

Jake Lintott and Danny Briggs are two excellent spinners to have in the lineup. They will effectively control the middle order and play a massive role. Hasan Ali will also have to lead the pace attack now that Ollie Stone (the best Bears bowler by a margin) has left the squad. 

We like the squad that the Bears have put together. It gives them a lot of options to combat both spin and pace while attacking the opposition with quality bowlers of their own. Not having Moeen Ali and Glenn Maxwell is a massive loss but that is something that most teams in the T20 Blast will have to contend with.

This will be a tough team to beat at home.

Birmingham Bears Playing 11

Paul Stirling, Robert Yates, Alex Davies, Sam Hain, Chris Benjamin, Dan Mousley, Chris Woakes, Craig Miles, Jake Lintott, Danny Briggs, Henry Brookes.


Yorkshire finished fourth in the North Group of the T20 Blast last season and eventually ended up losing in the semis. This season, they have added Matt Milnes, Ben Mike, Mickey Edwards, and Jafer Chohan to the group while getting rid of Tom Kohler-Cadmore, David Willey, Matthew Waite, and Tom Loten.

Losing Kohler-Cadmore and Willey is a massive loss and not easy to compensate for. 

David Wiese and Shan Masood are the overseas players, both good choices in our opinion. Wiese is quite underrated as a six-hitter and bowler while Shan Masood can the consistent batting force around which the rest of the team plays. 

For Yorkshire, player availability is always a massive problem. Harry Brook, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, and Adil Rashid are all a part of the squad but neither one of them will play this match. In fact, with the Test matches around, only Adil Rashid will really play a part this season (once he returns from the IPL).

Adam Lyth, Dawid Malan, Jonathan Tatrersall, and Jordan Thompson are the players that will lead the batting lineup. A lot of impressive options showing the depth that is still present in Yorkshire cricket.

The lineup is a bit left-hander and top-order heavy but the depth is also not bad. 

The bolwing lineup seems to be a bit on the weaker side, especially without Adil Rashid being available. Jordan Thompson and Matthew Revis will lead the attack with support from Dom Bess and Matthew Fisher. There is no real specialist death-bowler in the lineup and we think defending targets is going to be tough for Yorkshire.

Yorkshire Playing 11

Adam Lyth, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Shan Masood, Will Fraine, Matthew Revis, Ben Mike, Jordan Thompson, Dom Bess, Jafer Chohan, Dominic Leech.

WRW vs YOR Toss Prediction

WInning the toss does not appear to have a major bearing on the outcome. 44% of the matches played at Edgbaston (since 2018) have been won by the team batting second. We expect the team that wins the toss to still chase, though. 

Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.

Pitch and Conditions

The average first inning score at Edgbaston is 171 but the average first inning winning score is 186. That makes it a pretty good venue for batting, something that is the norm across the T20 Blast. Expect the batters to dominate and target the short square boundaries. 

Matchups and protecting the short boundaries will be key. We think the Bears will have an advantage there. 

The weather forecast appears to be pretty good at the moment and we don't expect any interruptions.

WRW vs YOR Betting Tips

The Birmingham Bears have a great chance of winning this match in our opinion. They are taking on a Yorkshire team that is missing a number of its best players. The flexibility of the Bears to be able to set up right-hand/left-hand partnerships, attack spin in the middle, and use home advantage to the fullest makes them the team to back in our opinion. 

Bet on the Birmingham Bears to win.

Bonus Cricket Bets

  1. Betway


    Total Sixes in the Match

    Over 11.5 (1.90)


With a short boundary one one side, some excellent batters taking part in this match, and bowling attacks that are not the strongest, we see this as being a high-scoring match with a lot of sixes being hit. Over 11.5 is a fair Over/Under line in our opinion.

Today Match Prediction

Birmingham Bears To Win the Match, 1.72

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Who will win WRW vs YOR

Birmingham Bears 78.67% (59)
Yorkshire 21.33% (16)
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