About the Match
Both Leicestershire and Yorkshire are coming into this match on the back of excellent victories against strong opponents. For Leicestershire, their win came after 6 matches without one and leaves them with 5 wins from 11 matches so far. Yorkshire also has 5 wins from 12 matches but a couple of no-results has left with 13 points as compared to 11 for Leicestershire.
With just a couple of matches remaining in the NatWest T20 blast, both teams are in with a realistic shot of making the final four.
The Foxes absolutely crushed the defending champions Northants in their last game thanks to a revival in their batting fortunes. This is the one aspect of their game that was holding them back and they will be hoping that the batsmen can continue to score impressively in these last few crucial matches.
Luke Ronchi, Cameron Delport, and Mark Cosgrove all scored vital runs to propel their team to 193. The same three batsmen and Colin Ackerman will have to once again score runs for Leicestershire if they are to bet Yorkshire.
Like Northants, their opponents for this match have an excellent batting lineup and are capable of setting or chasing down huge targets with ease.
Both Cosgrove and Ronchi have scored more than 300 runs in the tournament now all of them scored at an impressive strike rate.
The biggest strength of the Foxes though has been their bowling attack. Led by Clint McKay with 17 wickets to his name, Leicestershire keeps on coming hard with the ball. Parkinson and Pillans also have 13 and 14 wickets to their name respectively and it is these three bowlers that have been responsible for keeping the Foxes in the hunt for most of their matches.
Yorkshire destroyed Lancashire in what most of their supporters consider the most important match of the season and will carry a lot of confidence into this game. Their win came about in the same manner that most of their wins have come this season, i.e., by scoring aggressively up front and then letting their bowlers soak up the pressure.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Adam Lyth continued their excellent seasons while David Willey looked like he was in the mood to tonk sixes at will before he fell. Shaun Marsh did not get too many but his presence in the team will always keep the opposition weary. Sarfaraz Ahmad has been asked to return to Pakistan, along with his other countrymen in the tournament, after the PCB abruptly revoked their NOC's.
One interesting fact in this match is the comparison of the number of sixes that both teams have hit. Leicestershire has a total of 36 sixes hit this season, while David Willey and Adam Lyth have alone hit 39 between them this season.
Yorkshire has become one of the most consistent hitters of sixes in this year’s tournament and it is a stat that has been found to correlate very closely to the overall success of the team in T20 cricket.
Bresnan picked up 6 wickets in the last match against Lancashire to jump to 16 for the tournament. He forms a vital cog of one of the strongest bowling attacks of the tournament with Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, and Azeem Rafiq also a part of the line-up.
Yorkshire will fancy themselves winning this match but just need to be careful that their high-risk batting approach does not fail against the strong Leicestershire bowling.
Pitch and Conditions
A clear and sunny day lies in store for the match according to weather forecasts. The pitch at Grace Road usually has just a little something in it for the bowlers for the first couple of overs but then flattens out to be an excellent batting track.
Yorkshire to win
Winner: Yorkshire, 1.5 @ Bet on Yorkshire now