About the Match
Derbyshire started off their campaign in a brilliant fashion by winning two of their first three games, but have lost the plot after that. They are coming into this game on the back of a couple of successive losses and will be hoping for a happy homecoming. They now host Lancashire on 25th July 2017 at County Ground, Derby where they won their first match of this tournament. Lancashire stand tall at the second position on the points table with just one loss to their name. It is expected to be a stern battle with Lancashire looking to extend their winning run and Derbyshire looking to end their losing streak at home.
Derbyshire have lost three matches in the competition so far with Lancashire responsible for one of those losses. They lost their last two matches to Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire by 5 runs and 20 runs respectively.
In their match against Warwickshire, Derbyshire's bowlers failed to make any impact whatsoever as they picked up the first wicket in the 12th Over. Their bowlers had to face carnage from Colin de Grandhomme and Ed Pollock who both posted sensationally quick fifties. In response to the total of 197, Derbyshire failed to produce any big partnership which resulted in a big loss by 20 runs. Their lower order tried to make amends but cameos from tailenders proved to be too little too late.
Wayne Madsen has done well for Derbyshire in this season as well and his performance has dictated the result as far as Derbyshire's performance is concerned. They've already lost to Lancashire in the tournament before and they'd have to come back to their best so as to challenge Lancashire who appear to be on a rampage at the moment.
Lancashire is one of the only few teams who has lost just one game in the competition. Their only loss came against Leicestershire who share the spot with them on the points separated only by Net Run Rate. Other than that, Lancashire's road till now has been pretty smooth.
Lancashire registered a win for the second time against Durham in this tournament in the last game. Liam Livingstone and Jos Buttler are key players for them who have been in terrific form in this tournament so far. Although Buttler saw off a rare failure in their last game, McLaren, Croft and Livingstone did well to propel them to a comfortable total. Matthew Parkinson and Jordan Clarke were both impressive as the bowlers never allowed Durham to tee off.
Lancashire have done incredibly well in front of their home crowd and it would be interesting to see how they adapt to the Derby's slow conditions. Lancashire have the experienced batsmen as well bowlers who surely know how to adapt, but they'd have to apply themselves in order to keep their undefeated streak intact.
Derbyshire would have lost a lot of confidence following back to back losses in the competition. It is a fast pace tournament and things can quickly change for any time. Lancashire is enjoying a dream run and with Livingstone, Mclaren, Croft, and Buttler in superb form, they go in as favorites to win this match