About the Match
Leicestershire will host Yorkshire in the next NatWest T20 league match on 26thJune at Grace Road, Leicester; the hosts enjoy the 3rd position in the North Group with 9 points after having played 8 matches whereas Yorkshire is placed at the 7th spot with 6 points. The visitors will fight hard in the upcoming match to better their standings in the group while Leicestershire will be eager to triumph over the Yorkshire Vikings and look to be richer by two points on Friday to move up the ladder.
Yorkshire was beaten by Warwickshire by 6 wickets in the last match after being unable to defend 132 runs; although Jack Leaning contributed his T20 best figure of 45 from 44 balls and Aaron Finch scored 30, the other batsmen failed to contribute. Glenn Maxwell took 2 wickets, Steven Patterson and James Middlebrook picked up a wicket each but they failed to take the team safely home. However, Yorkshire in their previous match grabbed 2 points by defeating Nottinghamshire by a big margin of 40 runs. Glenn Maxwell proved his class by dispatching an unbeaten 92 off mere 48 deliveries while Andy Hodd was the other batsman who impressed by blasting 70 off 39 balls helping the team set a mammoth total of 209. The bowlers then restricted the Notts to 169 with Maxwell providing all-round support by taking 2 wickets and James Middlebrook also claiming 2 wickets. Yorkshire is determined to make a comeback in the upcoming match with another excellent performance with both bat and ball; Andrew Gale is their top scorer in the tournament along with Maxwell, Andy Hodd and Aaron Finch who are doing well. Gary Ballance and Jack Leaning are required to get back to business and score some big runs whereas the bowling attack which circles around Maxwell, Tim Bresnan, Matthew Fisher, Steven Patterson, Rich Pyrah and James Middlebrook looks good to attack the opposition with conviction and win matches.
Leicestershire defeated Warwickshire by 7 wickets in the last match after successfully chasing a target of 161; Umar Akmal posted an unbeaten 52 off 38 balls while Mark Cosgrove smashed 44 just from 23 balls and Niall O’Brien posted 40 off 38 to help the team reach he target. Bowlers, Clint McKay took 2 wickets while James Sykes, Ben Raine and Ollie Freckingham took a wicket each. Earlier Leicestershire faced defeat against Derbyshire by a margin of 17 runs wherein despite Tom Wells’ superb 64 from just 28 balls and Mark Cosgrove’s 44 off 33 balls, they weren’t able to win the game. Overall, their batting line-up looks confident to set up big totals or chase with players like Mark Cosgrove, Umar Akmal, Niall O’Brien and Tom Wells who are in good form to provide the impetus with the bat. Bowlers Raine, McKay, Atif Sheikh, Rob Taylor and Ollie Frecklingham have been performing well to take wickets consistently and they will be required to provide the breakthroughs; Leicestershire go in as favorites to do well and win the upcoming match.
The Leics are a motivated lot with their recent and they will definitely fire in the next match to keep their winning momentum going. However, Yorkshire is a well-balanced team with established batsmen, who can turn the match in their favor and win the match on Friday.