About the Match
Derbyshire suffered two consecutive defeats recently and will try to make a comeback with a win when they host Lancashire on 13th July at Derby. Current champions, Lancashire have had a mixed run so far, winning 4 out of 10 games and have 9 points; they will be eager to improve their standing with a better performance on Wednesday. The hosts have 8 points and need a win here to start climbing up the ladder; playing on the home turf, Derbyshire will try to repeat their match-winning show they had put up the last time the two teams met two months back.
They suffered losses against Yorkshire and Leicestershire recently after an overall dismal show; against the Yorks, they came close to the target of 167 thanks to a strong performance by Rutherford and the middle-order batsmen, but they lost the contest by 1 run. Against the Foxes, they were all-out for 158 and the bowlers proved to be too costly, losing the match by 9 wickets.
Neesham’s 2 vital wickets against the Lancs along with good performances by Thakor, Carter and Hughes, helped them restrict the opposition to 131 runs. Hamish Rutherford posted a brilliant 71 off 40 to steer the team to victory by 9 wickets with over 6 overs to spare; Durston and Broom played useful knocks too and they have a crucial role to play here whether batting first or during chase. Broom was outstanding with his 59 off 40 against Leics while Neesham contributed with a well-made 45 off 23 but the bowlers failed to impress and gave away too many easy runs in the end.
Durston has done well with the ball as he registered figures of 2-17 against Yorks while Critchley and Thakor can stifle the run-flow of the opposition; batsmen like Rutherford and Broom will definitely try to steady the innings and post a challenging total to give their bowlers a fighting chance here.
Karl Brown smashed an unbeaten 62 off 40 to steer his team to victory against the Worcs recently; along with Jos Buttler, who posted a quick fire 57 from 22 deliveries, Petersen’s 34 and Croft’s cameo of 23 off 20, they chased down 199 runs with almost 2 overs to spare. However, the same batting line-up had crumbled under pressure while chasing a lowly 142 against Yorkshire and they were all-out for 136 by the 18th over.
When batting first against Derbyshire in the beginning of the tournament, they could muster only 131 runs, which the bowlers failed to defend. The batting performance needs a boost and if the top-order players like Brown, Petersen, Livingstone and Croft can build partnerships, the Lancs can climb their way to the top again.
Spinners Parry and Croft can restrict the run-flow of the opponent while the pace attack led by in-form bowlers Reece and Edwards, who took 2 wickets each against Worcs, can destabilize their innings; Clark and Nathan Buck provide variety and depth to the squad.
Both teams are desperate to win more matches and will fight hard on Wednesday; while Derbyshire had won earlier against the Lancs and have the home advantage, we feel Lancashire with their recent form can keep their winning momentum going