About the Match
Leicester will host the Unicorns on Aug 18 in a crucial match, looking towards a huge win after suffering a disappointing loss at the hands of Gloucestershire on Wednesday. For the visitors, this match is only a formality as they are in the bottom of the group with only 2 points from 11 matches. Leicestershire have bagged 10 points from their 9 matches but they are lagging behind the rest of the group at the 5th position. The hosts will want to recover from their recent loss and make a comeback in the tournament. However, it is a closed chapter for the Unicorns after a poor show throughout the competition.
After losing to Gloucestershire in a one-sided match, the host team would want to go back to their winning ways. A lowly score of 163, with a total batting collapse in just 35.2 overs, was never going to be enough for the bowlers to defend. Cobb and O’Brien, who are in pretty good form, need to repeat their match-winning opening stands. Eckersley, who had posted his maiden century earlier on, would also like to make a comeback in this match. Taylor’s economical bowling and Cobb and Ireland’s wicket taking abilities, must be converted into convincing wins for the team. O’Brien, who made 43 off 55 balls, struggled to find a steady partnership in the match against Gloucestershire and they never recovered from the early loss of wickets. The team must outperform themselves this time around to continue further in the tournament.
The Unicorns have struggled right from the beginning of the series, registering only 1 win out of 11 matches. They are looking for a face-saving match before bowing out of the tournament and would like to put up a brave fight. Lineker, who scored a magnificent 107 against Yorkshire with significant support on the other side by Lancefield, will definitely bat for his team’s honour. Team Captain Parson too will try to recreate magic with his bat, provided he receives the much needed support from the middle order. Bowlers Park and Norman, who were rewarded with crucial wickets earlier on, will also look for a breakthrough and try to restrict the home team to an achievable total.
The home team will have to rise up to the expectations of their fans and come out with a brilliant performance. The visitors are also looking for a win before returning home. Will the Unicorns fall or rise to the occasion? Will Leicestershire win this match and try to make it to the semi-finals? The answer to these questions will be known shortly. However, there were some important lessons learnt by both during this tournament and they need to reflect back and improvise their game and perhaps their strategies too. This match, as suggested by the odds, is likely to be won by Leicestershire who have the support of the home crowd and will be charged up to continue on their mission to reach the semi-finals.
Leicestershire, 1.14 @ William Hill