About the Match
Leicestershire Foxes are down at No. 6 with 9 points after losing to Derbyshire recently; they will host Lancashire, who are placed in the 7th position with 9 points, on 4th August at Leicester. Lancashire has been on a slippery slope, losing both its recent games against Northants and Warwicks; they will try to bounce back here with a win and try to move upwards on the table. The last time these two teams met, the Leics had emerged victorious by 3 wickets and they will draw confidence from that win to repeat the performance again.
Chasing 174 against Lancashire early last month, Colin Ackermann had posted a heroic 62 off 41, steering his team towards a comfortable win by 3 wickets. Cosgrove, Ronchi and Delport played useful knocks and they bring stability to the batting contingent. The bowlers did well to restrict the opposition’s run-flow, with fast-bowler Clint McKay taking 3-29 while slow bowler Parkinson grabbed 2 wickets. Pillans, Griffiths and Delport brought variety to the attack, taking a wicket each and they can surely put together their skills to outwit the Lancs again.
Batting first against Derbyshire, the team collapsed like a pack of cards with Ackermann yet again leading from the front with 24 runs. Delport and Pettini tried to put up a good fight but with no support down the order, they were restricted to a meagre 104. Dieter Klein and Pillans brought the right-left combination and took 3 wickets between them but they couldn’t defend the low total.
They have won the title three times before and will give other teams a run for their money this season too; having defeated Lancashire earlier, they will be determined to win again.
Chasing 159 runs became an impossible task for them against Northants on Thursday; DJ Vilas and Ryan McLaren showed a lot of heart as they posted 40 and 77 runs respectively. However, others like Buttler, Steve Croft, Jordan Clark and Parry failed to impress, and they could muster only 147. Fast-bowlers Junaid Khan, McLaren and Clark took 4 wickets between them while Parkinson put up an economical show to restrict Northants to 158.
Against Warwicks, Buttler posted a brilliant and unbeaten 80 off 43 but others failed to make a mark; the bowlers failed to defend 174 runs despite a good show by Parkinson, McLaren and Tom Bailey, who took 2-28. They have good mix of spinners with players like Arron Lilley, Stephen Parry and Steven Croft, who can bowl spin or pace to stun the opponents. Speedsters like Junaid Khan, McLaren and Bailey bring depth to the attack.
They lost the match against Leics earlier, wherein they couldn’t defend 173 runs despite a good show by Danny Lamb, who claimed 3-30 with his medium-pace. Parry and Bailey had contributed with 3 wickets between them but they couldn’t stop the foxes from hitting the winning runs. They have experienced players who can try to bring their A-game here and make amends for their previous loss.
While Leicestershire has done better than the Lancs in recent games, the game could swing either way on Friday. Lancashire have versatile bowlers in spin and pace but we feel that the hosts with their deep batting line-up are clear favourites to win this match