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The reigning-champions bounced back with a win against Northamptonshire after a deflating victory in their first game. Not only did they beat Northants' they set up quite a few records on their way to their victory. They'll be up against Leicestershire in their next game which is to be played on 8th July at Grace Road, Leicester. After a terrific chase in their first match, they failed to chase a modest total against Durham. Both sides are in a similar position as far as points table is concerned with one win in two games and the contest between these two teams promises to be yet another nail-biting contest in Vitality T20 Blast.
Leicestershire were superb with the ball in restricting Durham to just 153 on a humid evening. Durham were going well at one stage, but brilliance in the field by Leics' wicketkeeper, Lewis Hill got rid of dangerous looking Paul Collingwood. Mohammad Abbas was without a doubt the pick of the bowlers for Leicestershire Foxes as he claimed a wicket of James Weighell to account for successive dismissals after Collingwood's run out.
Although the Foxes started rather slowly with 33 without a loss after the completion of Powerplay, they were well within the game. Cameron Delport and Dexter departed in quick succession after brief acceleration leaving the task for their middle-order. It should have been an easy chase on another day, but their batting collapsed like a pack of cards as they slipped from 83 for 2 to 86 for 5, losing three wickets in the space of nine deliveries. They eventually fell short of Durham's total by 33 runs with Imran Tahir accounting for four of their dismissals.
All in all, the Foxes' collapse was something which isn't seen on every day and can be counted as a bad day. However, bouncing back from such a loss can be difficult and with defending champions up against them in their next game, they cannot afford any slip-ups.
C Delport, Neil Dexter, Mark Cosgrove, Colin Ackermann, Mohammad Nabi, Ben Raine, Tom Wells, Lewis Hill, Zak Chappell, Callum Parkinson, Mohammad Abbas.
Nottinghamshire saw a complete turnaround of their innings as Dan Christan smashed one of the fastest centuries in the history of English T20 cricket. He completed his century in 37 deliveries and scored 113 in total. At one stage, Notts were staring at another mediocre total with 81-4 halfway through their innings. Dan Christan not only took them out of the hole but also took them to highest T20 total at that venue. He was ably supported by a slowish but useful contribution by Samit Patel and Billy Root who scored 35 and 21 respectively.
With 219 on the board, their bowlers already had the cushion of runs behind their back and that cushion was only bettered when Luke Fletcher got rid of dangerous Richard Levi. He was easily the pick of their bowlers with a spell of 3-0-21-3. Samit Patel was carted away by Ben Duckett as he gave away 50 runs in his three overs. Despite Patel's hammering, Notts did not allow Northants to run away as other bowlers bowled accurately and well according to the plan to keep the flow of runs in check.
Nottinghamshire finally posted their defending champions like performance after a poor outing in their first match. Although they'd be particularly happy with the margin of win, they still have plenty of room to improve for the further matches. T20 is a fast-paced version of Cricket and they'd have to improve quickly and if they can do that, they'd be the team to beat yet again.
Steven Mullaney, Riki Wessels, Tom Moores, SR Patel, Billy Root, DT Christian, will fraine, Paul Coughlin, Luke Fletcher, IS Sodhi, Harry Gurney.
It's getting crowded in the middle of the points table in North Group and the winner of this game will rise above the rest to the top four teams in the table. Nottinghamshire equaled Leicestershire's record of the highest total at Wantage Road which was set only a couple of days ago. While Notts posted a comprehensive win against Northants' they still have a plenty of issues to iron out. Leicestershire, too, have some issues to take care of but have looked more balanced. They are playing at their home ground which should be advantageous for them. We think that Leicestershire are better placed to register a win and take two important points at Grace Road.