About the Match
Lancashire will host Leicestershire when they face each other in a crucial North division game 7th July 2013 at well-known Manchester ground. Lancashire has already played four games, but has tasted success only once and they’d be up against Leicestershire Foxes knowing it to be one of their biggest games of the season. Leicestershire has just bounced back by registering a sound win over Durham Dynamos. Both teams would love to post big win here and I expect a thrilling game of Cricket.
Leicestershire Foxes :
The three time title winners had one of the worst possible starts to their campaign. They Foxes lost their first two games and were struggling at the bottom of the table at one time. A win against Durham Dynamos in their third game has brought them back in contention for yet another knockout place. The Foxes’ batsmen looked in fine touch in their last game as they posted a total of 176 in a crucial encounter. Greg Smith in partnership with Joe Burns hammered the bowlers all over the park. However, they repeated the mistakes of first two matches as their collapsed after getting such a start. Their bowling seems in pretty good form with Ireland, Hoggard and Shakib al Hasan bowling nice and tight. With experienced Cobb at the top and good hitters to follow, this side can be tough side to face.
Lancashire Lightning will be severely disappointed after they could not finish a match which was in their court for most part. Chasing a total of 152 runs, Lancashire Lighting was provided with an excellent start by Stephen Moore and Tom Smith. However, during later part of the innings, they struggled to get runs at the required rate and eventually had to stay content with a tie. Earlier, there bowlers performed well to restrict the opposition. The pick of their bowlers were Stephen Parry and Arron Lilley who trapped Dynamos with their turn and guile. Under the captaincy of Simon Katich, Lancashire is looking to be a good unit and can present some troubles to their opponents.
It will be a match between a team that has just bounced back from a losing streak and a team that is going through a losing streak after winning their first game. At their home ground, Lancashire Lightning will be looking to end this losing streak and come back into the tournament. Leicestershire on the other hand looked good in their game against Durham and will be looking to continue raise their points and rise in the points table. The question still remains: who is the stronger of the two sides? On paper, both teams look equally balanced. Lancashire has been on the receiving ends of the luck in last couple of games. In this game, I think Lancashire Lightning will end their losing streak due to home advantage they carry and an experienced team.
Leicestershire Foxes @ 2.00 William Hill