About the Match
Group B teams Lancashire and Kent will face each other in the upcoming match on 8th August at Canterbury; while Kent occupies 4th position with 5 points, Lancashire has only 3 points in the bag and are placed 8th at the table. Both sides have a lot to prove and they will definitely come out all guns blazing to further their campaign in the Royal London ODI Cup series; it needs to be seen which team can use the resources at hand and outwit the other on the field to win the match on Saturday.
Darren Stevens’ 4-29 gave the team the required edge in the match against Sussex; he found good support by the others like Claydon, Coles and Hunn who took 2 wickets apiece to demolish the opponents and restrict them to 154 runs. Daniel started the chase with great effort of posting 55 off 78 to put the team in the driver’s seat; Denly and Northeast combined well to steer towards victory and with a little push by Billings, they won the match by 8 wickets with 19 overs to spare.
Against Middlesex however, the batsmen failed to chase successfully, falling short of the 261-target by a huge margin of 87 runs; except Billings who posted a well-made 68 off 83, the others fell like a pack of cards getting all-out by the 42nd over. Bowlers Tredwell, Cowdrey and Claydon had been effective with 2 wickets each while Coles and Thomas dismissed a wicket each but at the end the runs given were far too many.
Overall, they are a determined side with talented batsmen like Daniel Bell-Drummond, Denly, Northeast, Billings and Stevens; they must focus on building a strong foundation if batting first or during chase.
They have suffered two consecutive defeats against Notts and Warwickshire recently and must combine their resources to bounce back into the tournament; against Notts, the batsmen put up a modest 216 runs thanks to Karl Brown’s 77 and 38 runs scored by Steven Croft. The others couldn’t put up a better show and the bowlers found it difficult to defend the target despite Griffiths’ 3-41 and Lilley claiming 2 wickets.
In the match against Warwickshire, the performance by the batsmen was a tad bit better with 265 runs coming off of them, which however wasn’t enough to win the match. Faulkner, Parry and Croft took 2 wickets each but couldn’t make a serious dent on the opponent.
Their win against Middlesex by 2 wickets showed a combination of determined bowlers and batsmen, who restricted the opposition to a lowly 161 and then went on to chase with ease. Bailey, Parry, Faulkner, Croft and Griffiths are in good form and they will definitely fire from all cylinders to help the team go back to winning ways.
Although Lancashire will do its best to put up a better show on Saturday, they might lack the precision in bowling and the fighting spirit of the Kent batsmen to overcome the challenge; we feel that Kent is better placed to emerge victorious here