About the Match
Derbyshire won the match against Durham by 3 wickets in the last match and have moved to the 2nd position with 15 points; they will take on Leicestershire, who are in the 6th place with 13 points, on 17th August at Leicester. Leicestershire also has been performing well and they recently defeated Yorkshire by 4 wickets in a close contest. Earlier, the hosts had also defeated Northants by a whopping 48 runs and will be eager to continue with their winning momentum especially on home turf. Derbyshire has done consistently well through the league and with the knock-out stage just around the corner, they will try to push their way forward with another win on Thursday.
Chasing 183 against Yorkshire, Luke Ronchi and Ackermann posted half-centuries to steady the innings; although players like Cosgrove and Delport couldn’t impress with the bat, others like Ali, Wells and Pillans kept the scoreboard ticking and helped win the match by 4 wickets with 2 balls to spare. Earlier, speedsters Clink McKay and Griffiths, and spinners Ali and Parkinson took regular wickets to contain the opposition but others like Delport and Ackermann gave away too many runs.
Against Northants, Ronchi, Delport, and Cosgrove came out all guns blazing to help post a gigantic total of 193 runs batting first; while Cosgrove led the lineup with a well-made 79, Ronchi posted 59 off 36 and Delport scored 26 off 16 to keep the momentum going. Delport then played an all-rounder role, taking 3 wickets at an economy of just over 4 runs per over, helping them restrict the opponents in their chase. Griffiths, McKay, Pillans, and Parkinson provided the breakthroughs and they won the match by a massive 48-run margin.
They have done well till now but need another win to catapult ahead of others in the competition to make it through to the next stage; with the home advantage on their side, the Foxes could prove to be a formidable force to reckon with.
Chasing 162 runs against Durham, the openers faltered early in the innings but Reece took charge and posted a superb 66 off 49 to steer the team across the finish line with ease. Madsen and Matt Henry played useful knocks, scoring 20+ runs each and kept the scoreboard ticking. Matt Henry’s precise pace attack had given him 3-42 while Cotton and Madsen claimed one wicket each to stifle the opponents in the first innings and restrict them to 161. Others like Imran Tahir, Critchley and Hughes had also contributed well with the ball and they add depth to the attack.
Against the Notts, however, they fell short of the target while chasing 190 runs and lost the match by a meager 8 runs. Reece had scored 53 off 32 while Madsen, Wood, and Hughes had contributed well to keep the runs flowing; but they missed the mark in the end by 8 runs. Earlier, Imran Tahir, Cotton, Hughes and Madsen provided regular breakthroughs to cause problems for the opponents, and they can strategize well against the hosts here.
They have many good resources with bat and ball, who can help them overcome challenges on the field and emerge victorious on Thursday.
Both teams have match-winners on their side, who can give them the required advantage at critical situations; while the contest could go down to the wire, we feel that Leics with the support of their home crowd is better placed to win.