About the Match
It will be the first game of the tournament for Leicestershire in the tournament when they come out to take the field against Lancashire. While Liceiseterhsire is yet to start their campaign in the tournament, the Lancashire have already opened their account with an emphatic win. The two teams will lock horns at Old Trafford, Manchester. The match is scheduled to begin at 2:30 pm local time on 9th July 2017.
Jos Buttler sprayed his magic all over Durham in their first match of the competition. It was already anticipated that Buttler could be the difference between a win or loss for the Lancashire which proved to be right. He was ably supported by Karl Brown who played a brisk knock of 35 runs. They eventually ended up making 192 with six wickets down, thanks to Aaron Lilley's quick fire 15 balls 30.
Jordan Clark was the pick of their bowlers as he picked by three wickets by giving away only 26. Lancashire has done well under the aggressive leadership of Steven Croft and will be looking to go the distance this time in the competition. Other than those already mentioned above, they have the likes of Steven Perry, Dane Vilas and Liam Livingstone who can really turn the game on its head.
Lancashire has traditionally done reasonably well in the competition. They failed to make it to the knockouts in the 2016 edition, but they certainly have the talent to do it this time around. With Buttler available for the whole of the season, they'll be fancying their chances.
This will be the first game of the tournament for Leicestershire, but their previous campaign will still be fresh in their mind. The finished last in their group with four wins out of fourteen matches and now they've only one way to go, that is, up which could be the motivation their players need.
They have the services of the South African T20 expert, Cameron Delport, who could be dangerous with the bat. Mark Cosgrove's experience could come in handy in crunch situations. Luke Ronchi's aggression and his skills with the gloves might just change the fortunes for them.
Overall, Leicestershire does not have big names associated with their team, but their youngsters can step up and deliver well. Leicestershire will come out on the field with nothing to lose and everything to gain situation. It might well be the kind of motivation they need to play aggressive and fearless cricket.
Leicestershire will be hoping for a fairy-tale their County's football team had last year. Cricket is a game of uncertainties and anything can happen, but we think Lancashire with Joss Buttler, Dane Vilas and Karl Brown in excellent form looks well set to register their second win of the competition.