About the Match
The form team of the tournament, Leicestershire, gets ready to take on the defending champions, Northamptonshire, in an effort to try and extend their unbeaten streak. Northants though will be trying to end that streak and get their own momentum going in the tournament.
Four wins from four matches and Leicestershire are running away from the rest of the teams in this group. The last match followed a very similar template to their other games as their bowlers put in a brilliant performance after the batsmen had set a middling total.
Skipper Clint McKay now has 12 wickets to his name from 16 completed overs in this tournament and giving away runs at only 6.31 per over. Considering the fact that he is bowling regularly at the death or whenever a partnership seems to be emerging, these are astounding stats.
Cameron Delport has also been absolutely crucial for the Foxes giving runs at only 5.66 per over and ensuring that the opposing team never gets out of control.
With Callum Parkinson opening the bowling successfully, we think the Foxes will continue to mix up the order in which their bowlers bowl but avoid changing too many things around.
The batting for the Foxes has not quite been as good up until now. Luke Ronchi and Cameron Delport both have got starts but have failed to cross 50 in any of the matches. In fact, Ackerman is the only batsmen to have gone past fifty for Leicestershire up until now and that is troubling.
Back the Foxes is they have around 150 on the board because of their bowling attack but if they have to chase 165 or more we think they may be found out.
There is no doubt that the NBOrthants know how to play T20 cricket and be successful in tournaments. They have reached the finals day three our of the last four times and are the defending champions. They started off with a loss in the first match but came back strongly to defeat Warwickshire in the second.
One of the advantages that Northants has is their relative stability. Most of the personnel that they have now has been one that is familiar with the setup and more crucially, used to winning.
The batting is going to be led by Ben Duckett, Josh Cobb, and Adam Rossington. Rob Keogh in the middle order has also been striking it really well. With three of their top six striking at over 160, there is plenty of firepower in the Northants lineup.
The addition of Tabraiz Shamsi to this team has been a brilliant one because we feel the South African can be an X factor in this year's tournament. Batsmen have found him difficult to pick and as a result, he is giving away runs at a fantastic economy rate of just 6.18.
Rory Kleinveldt and Richard Gleeson are also very useful T20 bowlers giving this Northants side a well-rounded appearance.
We think Northants is just starting to hit its stride and will be a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming matches.
Pitch and Conditions
A dry and cloudy day has been predicted for most of the day but some showers may interrupt proceedings. The pitch at Grace Road may have a little bit of grass on it to aid the bowlers but nothing that should be too alarming. We think a score of 160-170 could be a winning total here.
Northamptonshire to wi