About the Match
Derbyshire has done well to climb up to the 3rd spot in the North Group; they have 9 points after 8 matches, having won the last game against Lancashire by a massive 35 runs. They will now host Leicestershire, who are down at the 6th position with 8 points, on 30th July at Derby in the next league game and try to keep their winning momentum going. The Leics have lost their two previous games and will need to make a comeback before it gets too late; they will be determined to put up a good fight here against the hosts. It needs to be seen which team will surpass the other with bat and ball, to come out with flying colors.
Reece posted an outstanding knock of 97-not out from just 55 deliveries to give his team a massive edge against Lancashire; his efforts took them to 211 runs batting first along with help from Smit, who posted a well-made 42 off 20. Kiwi speedster Matt Henry then struck gold with a 3-wicket haul while spinners Imran Tahir, Madsen and Critchley grabbed 4 wickets between them to restrict the opponents and help win the match. Other Pacers Cotton and Viljoen also put up a good performance, and add variety to the attack.
In the previous game against Warwickshire though, the bowling unit couldn’t reign in the opponents and gave away easy runs. Facing a stiff target of 198 runs, the batting line-up lost quick wickets and could muster only 177 in reply. Reece and Hughes did well, scoring 33 and 25 runs respectively but the others down the line succumbed to pressure and lost the match by 20 runs.
They have good resources in all departments of the game and look to be a strong contender here to make it to the next stage.
Luke Ronchi posted the 3rd fastest half-century in T20 in England but the Leics could only get to 88 runs in 7 overs after rain cut-short the game. Facing utmost pressure, the bowlers could hardly keep their spell in check, giving away easy runs and losing the match in the end. Speedsters Dieter Klien and Pillans took a wicket each but it wasn’t enough to stop the opponents from reaching the target.
In the previous match against Warwickshire too, the bowlers failed to put up a disciplined performance and ended up giving 187 runs. Slow bowler Parkinson and pacer Pillans took 2 wickets each while Griffiths, TJ Wells, and McKay dismissed one opponent each. The batting line-up has experienced players like Cameron Delport, Ronchi, Cosgrove, Ackermann, and Pettini; however, they couldn’t bring their best foot forward in the chase and lost the game by 30 runs.
They did well in the beginning of the tournament and will need to bounce back with a good show here; with a good mix of spinners and pacers, the bowling department will be eager to stun the hosts on Sunday. The batting strength is good, and if they can keep the wickets in hand, they might as well look forward to changing their fortunes here.
Derbyshire comes here at the back of a win while the Leics are down on morale after two consecutive defeats. Having the home advantage, Derbyshire looks to be the clear favorite and Leicestershire Foxes will have to pull out a stunner to redeem themselves here.