About the Match
After suffering their 4th consecutive defeat in the series, Leicestershire has continued to remain at the bottom of Group A with just 1 point on board; they will now take on Durham, who are positioned 6th with 5 points from 6 matches played, on 6th August at Leicester. While Durham were defeated by Gloucs in the last outing, to suffer their third consecutive defeat, they still have hope to make a comeback into the series with a better performance in the upcoming match. The hosts on the other hand will make a last ditch effort to stay in the tournament; with the support of the fans in the stands, we can surely expect a good contest on the cards.
Although the batsmen played well to put up 156 runs batting first against Durham, the bowlers couldn’t defend the total against a motivated opposition. Rob Taylor, McKay and Sheikh took wickets but they came in wide intervals and hardly made a dent; the batsmen could have upped the ante and provided a better start but Niall O’Brien did well to score 32 off 48 balls in the middle. Eckersley and Ali tried to build a foundation in the top but it took an unbeaten 26 by Taylor to push the scoreboard to 156 runs.
Against Yorkshire, they failed to chase a target of 278 runs although Angus Robson was magnificent with a score of 90 off 114; the others down the line couldn’t step up and share the responsibility and they were all-out for 246 runs. Earlier McKay, Raine and Taylor had done well to take wickets at regular intervals but their efforts went in vain.
The team has good batsmen like Robson, Cosgrove, Eckersley and Niall O’Brien but they must combine well to put up a winning performance if they want to stay alive.
John Hastings and Scott Borthwick provided regular breakthroughs against the Gloucs batsmen but the other bowlers gave away too many easy runs; with a target of 286 runs from 41 overs, the batsmen found it challenging to overcome the pressure and lost the match by 71 runs through D/L method. Hastings once again proved his all-rounder abilities by posting a heroic 46 off 41 deliveries but couldn’t take the team safely home.
In the previous match against Yorkshire too, the match was reduced to 43 overs and the batsmen could muster only 224 runs; Clark was the highest scorer with 42 while Borthwick and Mustard contributed with 32 runs each. Although they did well to restrict the Yorks, with the D/L method applied, the opponent easily reached target of 99 runs without a sweat.
The team has potential match-winners and in-form bowlers like Borthwick, Hastings, Rushworth and Usman Arshad; they need to come up with a winning strategy to do well and climb up the ladder.
Although Leicestershire has the home advantage, they have been performing poorly; Durham with a better standing in the group looks well-placed to win the upcoming match on Thursday