About the Match
We are over the halfway mark in the NatWest T20 Blast and the teams will start looking at their positions in the table much more closely. Can Leicestershire stop its seemingly unstoppable fall towards the bottom or will Nottinghamshire breeze past? A very interesting clash lies ahead.
Four wins from four matches was an absolute dream start for the Leicestershire Foxes but they have now followed that by four consecutive defeats and are currently seventh in the North Group standings. Of course, the leaders are not too far ahead and Leicestershire can still this slide around but now would be an excellent place to start.
Part of the problem for Leicestershire has been the unavailability of Clint McKay consistently over the last few matches because of injury. He has been named in the 14 match squad for this match and the Foxes will be desperate to have him back. With 13 wickets from just 5 matches, Mckay is still the highest wicket taker in the league and will be needed to try and combat a strong Outlaws batting line-up.
In McKay’s absence, Parkinson and Pillans have picked up the slack while Klein too has made the most of his opportunities.
A complete batting failure in the last match does not bode well for Leicestershire. They have Ronchi and Delport at the top to dash out at the start but that has become a rare occurrence. The entire team still has only two fifties between it and that is not a recipe for success.
Stand in skipper Colin Ackerman will have to step up and score some big runs if the Foxes are to have a real chance against the Outlaws.
Chasing down 223 in never easy but that is exactly what the Nottinghamshire Outlaws did in their last match. Led by an Alex Hales century off just 46 deliveries, the Outlaws actually achieved the target with relative ease.
Hales, who has 292 runs in the tournament at a strike rate of 200 is going to be the key player in this match as well. If he gets in against the Foxes (who may not have Clint McKay) then we could be looking at another huge total for him personally and for his team.
The partnership of Hales and Wessels has worked out very well for the Outlaws as both players near 300 runs for the tournament. The middle order of Brendan Taylor, Dan Christian, and Samit Patel have also backed them up well and scored quickly in most of the matches that they have come in.
Samit Patel has also been absolutely exceptional with the bowling in this tournament. Even in the last match when the team collectively went for over 11 runs an over, his personal figures were 3 wickets for 29 runs in four overs.
Gurney, Ball, and Sodhi all had a poor outing in the last match but they can be expected to bounce back strongly against a relatively weak Foxes bowling lineup.
Pitch and Conditions
The forecast is for a dry but cloudy day at Leicestershire and we expect to get a full game in. The pitch at Grace Road is going to be one that allows stroke play without hindrance even though a bit of grass is almost always left on the surface. Alex Hales and company might just be licking their lips before this one.
Nottinghamshire to wi