About the Match
Leicestershire with 2 points from 2 matches, having lost against the Northants but winning against Derbyshire, are meeting Worcestershire who have 4 points from 4 matches, at Grace Road, Leicester on 6th June in their league match. Leicestershire is better placed as far as points are concerned having played less matches, and they are facing a mediocre bowling attack by Worcestershire and hence will try to increase their tally on the points table. It will be interesting to see the two sides trying to use their resources and dominate the other right from the beginning; the team that can keep a cool head above its shoulders will be better placed to emerge victorious here.
They played their last match against Warwickshire at Leicester on 1st June which they lost to the visitors by 25 runs; lacking a reputed bowling attack, they allowed the opponent to pile up a stiff target of 176. They did not have any plan to tackle the openers Chopra and Porterfield, who got separated in the 6th over after adding 49 runs for the 1st wicket; the well set Porterfield made 67 with 2 sixes and 5 fours from just 46 balls. Buck claimed 3 important wickets after Cobb and Taylor removed the top order, with good support from fielders. When they started the chase for 176, they lacked the batsmen who could remain in the wicket and build better partnerships; only Sarwan and Wells showed some semblance of resistance and commitment, but failed to reach the target by 25 runs, losing wickets at regular intervals. As the opponent, Worcestershire also lacks a biting bowling attack, they can attempt to build a good total and make them chase to exploit the weaknesses of the opponents.
Their last match was against Durham which they lost by 29 runs, chasing a target of 173; their opening bowlers Ali and Shantry removed the openers with just 4 runs on board by the 2nd over. But for a superb 80 off 56 balls by McLeod and 62 by Collingwood off 38 balls, they could not have reached 173 losing just 4 wickets; the weakness in their bowling was quite evident as they could not control the flow of runs, with sixes and fours coming in from the blades of Collingwood and McLeod. When they were chasing 173, the opening stand of Ali and Oliver laid a good base but after the duo departed, the top order simply collapsed; it was the job of Whitley and Cox to prevent the damage but they too could not take the score to the required target, and the team was all out for 144 in 19 0vers. Worcestershire now faces the underrated Leicestershire and if they apply themselves and play with a well thought out plan, they can reign in the average batting strength of Leicestershire, with a better bowling attack of their resources.
By performance, the Worcestershire bowling has better talent compared to Leicestershire; if the Worcs batsmen can apply and play with a solid plan, they can outperform the home team and beat them convincingly.
Worcestershire, 1.80 @ Bet365