About the Match
This match between Leicestershire Foxes and the Durham Jets is going to be an interesting one. It features the current leaders of the North Group (Foxes)taking on the team scraping the barrel (Jets) at the moment, a situation that not too many supporters would have envisioned their teams to be in!
The Jets will be hosting this match and would be desperate to get their first points on the table. Some brilliant performances last year meant that Durham finished runners up in the tournament but will need some magic to even be in the reckoning for the playoffs this year.
We knew that Durham did not have the best batting lineup in this tournament but the first couple of matches have really been tough on them. Paul Collingwood is the highest scorer at the moment with 86 runs to his name and only one other batsman, Jack Burnham, has scored more than 50 runs total so far.
The two openers have managed to hit only 1 six between them in two matches and seem to get stuck on the crease. Durham will need them to be much more aggressive and free scoring if they are to give themselves a chance.
All rounder Paul Coughlin, the Durham skipper, is under pressure personally as well having scored only 17 runs so far and taken just one wicket. James Weighell is a bright spot for the Durham team as he leads their bowling with 5 wickets to his name.
Rushworth and Coughlin were supposed to be the bowlers to lead the Durham challenge along with Onions and the internationals when they are available but they have been absent. An injury to Tom Latham has also hit Durham hard.
Three wins from three matches means that the Foxes are unbeaten in this competition as of yet and are fast emerging as the leading team in this tournament. A look at their T20 team shows that they do not have any stand-out superstars although there is plenty to like about their balance.
With Luke Ronchi at the top providing the firepower and Delport, Cosgrove, Ackerman to follow, the Fixes are a useful T20 team. In all their three matches, at least a couple of players have made useful contributions at a fast clip without going on to get the massive score.
As a result, there are three batsmen nearing 100 runs in the tournament and five who are striking at 125 or above. We think that one of Ackerman, Ronchi or Delport will have to hit a new gear to sustain their success but the foundations are good none the less.
However, it is not the Leicestershire batting that is winning them games. It is their bowling and to be more specific, it is their captain Clint McKay. One of the canniest T20 bowlers going around, McKay has 10 wickets to his name already including a five for.
As the skipper, the Aussie international brings himself on whenever the situation is tough and has changed the nature of the game so far. Teams may look to play out his 4 overs and attack the rest of the bowling from this game on.
Pitch and Conditions
The match is being played at the Riverside Ground, a facility where International cricket comes quite often. There is no doubt in our minds that pitch will be an absolute belter and allow the batsmen to hit through the line with ease.
Unfortunately, rain is forecast for the game and we could see a lot of stoppages.
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