About the Match
Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire are almost sailing in the same boat in the North Division league table with a lackluster performance, the former having 2 points from 5 matches, having won only one match and the latter 4 points from 5 matches, with 2 wins so far. The home team Leicestershire is in a better position with the home advantage, provided they have the determination of putting up a good show; the Notts will surely make it tough for them and the match will be a good entertainer on Thursday.
They played the last match against Lancashire on 13th, losing the contest by 9 runs. They were made to field first by Lancashire on winning the toss and they did well to restrict the opponents to 166 for 7. Jones was the main wrecker of the strong batting line up of Lancashire with 5 wickets in 4 action filled overs; Ireland and Taylor gave good support to him to claim 1 wicket each, with other bowlers bowling economically. Lancashire built a healthy total of 166 from 7 by a good team work by the batsmen down the line. Leicestershire batted well on their road to reach the target, building decent partnerships wicket to wicket. However they could not dominate Kabir Ali, Croft, Clerk and Khan, of whom Khan was the most successful bowler claiming 3 wickets proving to be the architect of the downfall of the Leicestershire team. Playing against Notts can be less of an uphill task for the Leicestershire team provided they plan well and contain the Notts batsmen.
The loss to Warwickshire in their last league match at Nottinghamshire, by a fairly good margin of 18 runs would weigh heavily when they play against the Leicestershire team. They did well in containing the Warwicks batsmen to 156 for 5; Gurney, Shahzad and Patel bowling effectively, Patel tormenting the batsmen with his disguising spinners with 3 wickets. In chasing 157, Notts did not bat with application and except the top 3, the others could not stay at the wicket long enough to reach the target. The 4th wicket partnership was just 6 an over taking the score from 69 for 3 from 8.4 overs to 98 for 4 at 13.6 overs. Read and Mullaney fell at No.6 and 7, with the score static at 113 and they could reach up to 138 for 7 in 20 overs, failing to make the post by 18 runs. Now they are pitted against the Leicestershire team who are better determined and play with purpose, with capability to dislodge well set batsmen. Naik, Ireland, Taylor and Cobb are good and effective bowlers with Jones leading the wreck economically. Notts have the required bowlers to tackle the opposing batsmen but lack a good and reliable batting line-up to dominate the bowling attack. Lumb, Hales and Taylor have the capacity to bat through the innings but need good support at the other end.
The teams look to be equally matched on paper and although Leicestershire seems to be determined to turn their fortunes for the better, Nottinghamshire with a better rated batting line up and confident bowling attack, are favored to win the match.
Nottinghamshire, 1.50 @ Bovada