About the Match
Northamptonshire with 11 points from 10 matches performed well to move ahead to the fourth position in the north group and will be keen to continue with their winning momentum when they host Leicestershire on 12th July at County Ground, Northampton for the next match. Leicestershire, who are at the 7th spot in the points table with 10 points, have suffered three consecutive defeats and need to win their final two games to have any chance of staying alive. The match will surely be quite entertaining with both teams eager to grab 2 more points on Sunday.
Leicestershire in the last match against Lancashire couldn’t chase a massive total of 191 runs and lost the contest by 40 runs after being able to muster only 151 for eight. Tom Wells scored 27 off 21 balls, Aadil Ali scored 26 off 21 balls,Grant Elliot scored 22 off 19 and Mark Cosgrove scored 21 off 15, but that was not enough to reach the mammoth target. Bowlers Clint McKay and Ben Raine could only take a wicket each and gave away too many easy runs while others failed to impress with the ball.
They also came up with a loss against Warwickshire by just 8 runs after managing only 152 runs during the chase for 160. Despite Mark Cosgrove’s superb 74 off 56 balls, Leicestershire lost their way against a disciplined bowling attack. With the ball, Ben Raine took 3-24 and Clint McKay took 2 wickets to restrict the opponent to a modest total but the batsmen put up a dismal show.
Overall, they need to be more consistent with the bat while players like Ned Eckersely and Ben Raine need to prove themselves with their all-rounder skills. The bowling revolves around Ben Raine, Clint McKay, JigarNaik, Atif Sheikh and Grant Elliot, who need to tighten their spells to stifle the opponent.
Northamptonshire registered a three-run victory over Derbyshire in the last match after posting a respective total of 155 runs on board. Josh Cobb top-scored with 48 off 32 balls, Richard Levi scored 42 off 31 balls, Adam Rossington scored 28 and Rob Keogh scored an unbeaten 27 from 16 deliveries. On the bowling front, Azharullah conceded only five runs and bowled out Scott Elstone with the final ball to keep Northamptonshire in the chase for a quarter-final place while Graeme White picked up 2 wickets to restrict the opponents to 140.
They lost their previous match against Nottinghamshire by a big margin of seven wickets after posting a competitive total of 173 which consisted of a well-made 84 off 56 by Josh Cobb. The bowlersfailed to restrict Notts from reaching the target with Azharullah, Graeme White and Olly Stone taking just a wicket each.
Overall, they have a well-balanced side with Josh Cobb, Richard Levi and Ben Duckettwho have strong batting capabilities while Steven Crook, Rory Kleinveldt, David Willey and Alex Wakely in the middle order strengthen their batting. The bowling squad consist of experts like Azharullah, Graeme White, Steven Crook and Olly Stone; they can provide the necessary fire-power to beat Leicestershire in the upcoming match.
Leicestershire have suffered three successive defeats and will now try to fight back to stay alive; however, we feel that Northamptonshire with a formidable form and home advantage will not allow the visitors to bounce back and win the match.