About the Match
Placed at No.4 of the North Group, Lancashire has 12 points and will go up against Nottinghamshire who are placed at the 6th position with 10 points, on 15th July at Old Trafford, Manchester. Lancashire registered a comprehensive win against Leicestershire in their previous match and kept their hopes alive to qualify for the quarter-finals; whereas Nottinghamshire edged to a two-run final ball victory over Derbyshire in the last match and have also managed to stay in the race so far. The match will surely be very interesting as both sides will fight to triumph on Tuesday and make it to the next stage.
Half centuries from Karl Brown, Paul Horton and Steven Croft helped Lancashire record a 40-run victory over Leicestershire in the last match. Karl Brown was effective in hitting 52 off just 32 balls, Paul Horton scored 50 from 38 balls and Croft went to his own half-century off just 25 balls; the trio’s exploits with the bat enabled Lancashire to post 191-9. Bowlers Jordan Clark took 3-41 and Stephen Parry chipped in with 2-29 while Croft followed up with a fine bowling spell to restrict Leicestershire to 151 runs.
Lancashire also beat Yorkshire by 29 runs in their 10th match after posting a mammoth total of 231 runs. Karl Brown blasted 69 off 35 while Ashwell Prince hit 59 from just 30 balls. Stephen Parry was awarded with taking 3 prime wickets for 29 runs and Aron Lilly also took 3-31 to defeat the opponent.
Overall, the team has a well-balanced unit comprising of Karl Brown, Steven Croft, James Faulkner and Ashwell Prince who are in great form and capable of scoring big runs while the bowling unit depends on Faulkner, Parry, Croft, Kyle Jarvis and Aaron Lilley, who are helping them win matches.
Nottinghamshire defeated Derbyshire by a narrow margin of 2 runs; Alex Hales and Samit Patel struck 54 and 52 runs respectively as the Notts posted a handy total of 172. On the bowling front, Jake Ball pulled out a man-of-the match award with 3-wicket haul posting figures of 3-36 and Steven Mullaney took 1 wicket thereby restricting Derbyshire for 170.
They lost their previous match against Worcestershire by 20 runs despite a heroic effort by Alex Hales; the limited-overs opener departed for 47 and they could only manage 153 in reply to 173. Harry Gurney was the main beneficiary with the ball as he returned figures of 3-25 while fellow seamer Jake Ball took 2 wickets.
The team has many talented and experienced players like Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Rikki Wessels, James Taylor and Samit Patel who have performed well in previous matches to post big totals or chase one with confidence. Their bowling revolves around Jake Ball, Steven Mullaney, Harry Gurney, Samit Patel and Daniel Christian, who are quite capable of making a dent on the opposition.
Both teams are formidable sides in terms of performance and determination; Lancashire with 2 straight wins has become ruthless and they will be eager to continue with their winning momentum but we feel that Nottinghamshire will overcome the challenge and win the match to stay alive.