About the Match
After being the form team early in the tournament, the Leicestershire Foxes have lost their last two games. They may not get a better opportunity to reverse this trend though as they take on Durham, a team that has lost six out of six matches this season. Can Durham find an opportunity against a faltering Leicestershire team or will their misery continue?
The Foxes may have blamed their first loss of the season on the unavailability of Clint McKay but this last one was while playing a full strength team. As a part of the North Group which has essentially become a race between seven teams right next to each other, the Foxes cannot afford too many more slip ups.
The last game against Warwickshire saw the much-vaunted bowling lineup of the Foxes have an off day and then their batting was unable to rise up to the task. The top order of Ronchi, Delport, Cosgrove, and Ackerman has struggled to convert starts into significant scores and the fact that there has been only one fifty scored by all of their batsmen combined must be getting worrisome for Leicestershire.
Pettini, who has been slotted into the middle order has also been unsuccessful in the two games he has got and the Foxes may look to make a change to his batting slot.
A lot has been side about the bowling unit of McKay, Parkinson, and Pillans and we continue to believe that they are one of the best in this competition. Clint McKay has been an absolute revelation and his presence will always make the Foxes a threat.
This strong bowling unit will be licking its lips as they go up against Durham, currently the worst performing side in the entire competition.
At this point in the competition, it is almost expected that Durham will pull something out of the bag and won one match. No team wants to be the team on the losing end to Durham because presumably, all of their competition would have sidestepped that hurdle with ease.
There are clearly some deep rooted problems in this Durham lineup and this is reflected in their perfect losing record this season. Their batting has lacked any sort of intent about them and this is why they were unable to capitalize on a decent bowling performance in the last match.
Youngsters like Cameron Steel and Graham Clark have failed to capitalize on the chances that they have got while Collingwood, Richardson, and Burnham have performed much below expectations.
At this point, there is not really too much more in the Durham cupboard and the team will have no option but to wait on an outstanding performance from one of these individuals.
A few positives from their last bowling performance should give the Durham faithful some hope as Collingwood took three wickets and along with skipper Paul Coughlin ensured that their batsmen had a relatively small target to aim at.
The Jets will know that their opponents, the Foxes, do not have the strongest batting lineup and if their bowlers have a really good day then they may be able to sneak in a victory in this match.
Pitch and Conditions
The forecast is not too good at the moment and rain is predicted for most of match day. A rain curtailed game or even a washout looks likely. The pitch, if the match gets underway, will be excellent for batting with something in it for the spinners.
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