About the Match
Experience played a key role when Derbyshire beat Leicestershire in their second FLT20 game. Now, the North Division toppers are set to face Lancashire on July 2nd 2013 at Derby at 18:10 GMT. Derbyshire squad is oozing with confidence after two back to back victories. Lancashire won their first game against Durham and would face Nottinghamshire prior to this game. Since both of the teams haven’t lost a game yet, both the sides would be competing hard to stay at the top of the table and a close contest is expected.
Derbyshire has had a dream start to this competition and they’d love to extend their winning run. Derbyshire has won two games this season, against Yorkshire and against Leicestershire. Their batting failed miserably against Yorkshire after their bowlers restricted them to a modest total of 119. They managed to crawl over the line due to commendable effort of Jon Clare batting late in the order. In their second match, they defeated Leicestershire quite comfortably after being under the pump in first few overs of second innings. The opening pair of Wes Durston and Chesney Hughes laid a strong foundation before they launched into Leicestershire’s bowling attack. The experience of Albie Morkel proved to be crucial in controlling the game after their opponents got off to a flying start. Spinners trapped the batsmen with Redfern and Wainwright picking up five important wickets between them. It would be difficult to beat Derbyshire considering the confidence and form they’re in.
Lancashire would meet Nottinghamshire before heading into this game. Lancashire played their only game against Durham, which they managed to win easily in the end. Simon Katich looks to be in supreme form. Stephen Moore has already play a match winning innings is looking in great touch. His opening partner, Ashwell Price has done pretty decently over the past. Prince has scored runs at good pace and that too without taking too many risks. Mitchell McClenaghan has provided their bowling sharpness which can be crucial in the early part of the innings. McClenaghan is in nice form as he took three wickets in his last game and performed pretty well in recently concluded Champions Trophy. Lanashire Lighting squad is looking good and this squad would be a tough opponent, even when playing from home.
Both the teams have done splendidly well up till now and a nail-biting contest is certainly on the cards. Lancashire is one of the most consistent teams of FLT20 history. Derbyshire has played well in this season and are still unbeaten. The addition of Albie Morkel has added to their strength and his experience in playing T20 across the globe would certainly help. Lancashire is a good side and with experienced guys like Simon Katich and Stephen Moore in at the top of the order and addition of McClenaghan to their bowling tilts the equation a bit towards them. Lanacashire Lightining is expected to emerge victorious in this encounter.
Lancashire Lightning @ 1.61 Bet365