About the Match
Lowly rated Derbyshire with just 3 points from a solitary win out of 11 matches played so far are facing a formidable Lancashire, with an unassailable 18 points from 8 wins of the 12 matches played, on 18th Jul at Manchester. The earlier encounter between the two teams took place on 23rd May where Derbyshire failed to chase a target of 169 by 20 runs losing 5 wickets in a rain curtailed 19 overs match. While occasional good performances by some of the Derbyshire batsmen had helped them to reasonable totals or a strong display with the ball has helped them put the opposite side in trouble, inconsistent player performances have overshadowed the talent in the team as a whole thereby nullifying the good efforts. Lancashire, which has had good fortunes, should not find much difficulty in outwitting the opponent and will surely provide an entertaining time for the fans at Manchester.
They have been generally able to dictate terms to opponents in chasing or setting a target and defending. They inflicted a heavy blow on Leicestershire on 11th July defending a small total of 151 and dismissed the opponent to 133 with 2 balls to spare by a good performance by bowlers; Flintoff and Croft claimed 3 wickets each while Kabir Ali and Junaid Khan lent good support with 1 and 2 wickets each. Just a week before that, they put up a good batting performance against Worcestershire by piling up 220 for 4 mainly with a good opening stand of 36 between Smith and Prince and middle order heroics by Buttler, Brown and Croft; and then the bowlers demonstrated a good supporting role by restricting the opponent to 179 for 7. After Smith failed in opening with Prince in their match against Northamptonshire on 20th June, Brown joined and put up a 90-run stand to raise the total to 187 and the bowlers Junaid Khan, Kabir Ali and Lilley demolished the Northants to 134 registering a convincing win by 53 runs with 7 balls tom spare. Such an all-round consistent performance is a matter of self belief and team work which the Lancashire team is confident of delivering in the coming games too.
The only win by Derbyshire has been against Warwickshire on 27th June chasing a target of 189, with some difficulty after losing opener Hughes for a duck for the very first ball of the innings by Clarke. They demonstrated good team work in batting with opener Durston’s well-made 53 off 21 balls and Madsen’s 42 off 27 balls, with rest of the batsmen also coming good rotating strikes and building partnerships for each wicket, resulting in the solitary win by 4 wickets with 6 balls to spare. Such performances could not be repeated by them in the rest of the matches, as the team continued to fail in one aspect or another, thereby, nullifying their efforts in other departments of the game. The team needs self-confidence, commitment and determination to change the results in their favor if they want to stay alive.
While the contest will be interesting with the usual ups and downs as witnessed in T20 matches, but going by the form of the sides, Lancashire Lightning should be able to register a comfortable win against Derbyshire on Friday.
Lancashire Lighning, 1.33 @ Titan Bet