About the Match
Leicestershire and Lancashire are both among the top six teams in the north group and will meet each other on 10th July at Grace Road, Leicester to take their respective campaigns ahead. The hosts have 10 points and are placed at the 6th position after being defeated by Worcestershire on Saturday; they may now need to win the final three games to qualify for the quarter-finals. On the other hand, Lancashire also has 10 points placed at the 4th position; they were defeated by Warwickshire by just a single run but they will try to bounce back with a win in the upcoming match on Friday.
Lancashire surrendered the match against Warwickshire by just 1 run after failing to chase down the modest total of 137; earlier Ashwell Prince and Karl Brown were dismissed cheaply while James Faulkner scored 34 off 25 balls, Paul Horton posted 24 off 26 and Jordan Clark scored 16 runs. On the bowling front Faulkner, Stephen Parry and Croft took 2 wickets each to restrict the opposition but their efforts went in vain.
In the previous match, they sealed a six-wicket victory against hosts Durham to move ahead into the fourth place; Ashwell Prince’s brilliant unbeaten 63 from 51 balls helped them reach the target. Bowlers, Kyle Jarvis and James Faulkner scalped 3 wickets each and Aaron Lilley took 2 wickets to restrict the opponents to a low total.
The team has a well-balanced unit comprising of performers with both bat and ball; Ashwell Prince, Karl Brown, Steven Croft and James Faulkner are in good form and will try to score more runs. The bowling unit is formidable with James Faulkner, Stephen Parry, Steven Croft, Kyle Jarvis and Aaron Lilley capable of chipping away with the wickets at regular intervals.
Leicestershire lost their 5th match of the series against Warwickshire by a narrow margin of 8 runs after managing only 152 runs while chasing the target of 160. Skipper Mark Cosgrove posted 74 off 56 balls to keep them in the hunt until the final overs of the game while Grant Elliot scored 23 runs to provide support. With the ball, Ben Raine took 3-24 and Clint McKay took 2 wickets to restrict the opponent to a modest total.
The previous match between the Foxes and Yorkshire concluded in a tie as both sides ended up posting 142 runs. Andrea Agathangelou scored 40 runs while Ned Eckersley and Niall O’Brien scored 20+ runs each to get to the target but failed to snatch a win.
Overall, the batting line-up looks good with Mark Cosgrove who is the highest run-getter while Andrea, Eckersley and Niall O’Brien performed well in the previous match. Kevin O’Brien and Grant Elliott are required to make their presence felt with the willow and provide a substantial total on board. The bowling unit looks strong with Ben Raine along with Clint McKay, who are their chief wicket takers with 13 and 12 scalps respectively; the rest of the bowling unit comprises of Ollie Freckingham, Kevin O’Brien, Jigar Naik and Grant Elliott, who can surprise the opponent with their tactics.
Both teams have their own set of abilities which will surely make the contest a close one on Friday; Lancashire has a better record in the competition so far as compared to the hosts and they have the services of Ashwell Prince and James Faulkner due to which we expect them to register a win in the upcoming match