About the Match
The defending champions of the NatWest T20 Blast will be in action against Leicestershire, early leaders of the North Group and now languishing in third from the bottom. Can the Foxes script a turnaround against the Steelbacks or will their season continue to spiral out of control?
It looked for while that Northamptonshire may finally be relinquishing their crown of T20 invincibility but they have turned things around are now joint leaders of the North Group on points. Led by a red hot Richard Levi at the top who goes hell for leather from the very first ball and then followed up by the likes of Rossington, Duckett, Wakely who are all having excellent tournaments.
Ben Duckett scored 92 not out in the last game to total 293 runs in the tournament. Levi has 298 from just six innings.
Alex Wakely and Adam Rossington has hit 7 sixes each in the tournament and are scoring their runs at well above a run a ball to provide the power at the end of the innings.
The bowling is also in excellent health lead by the ever dependable Rory Kleinveldt with 13 wickets to his name while Richard Gleeson is not far behind with 10. In fact, there has already been some talk about Gleeson being good enough for the international standard already.
If there is a weakness in this Steelbacks side then it has to do with the backup bowlers in this team. We think if Kleinveldt and Gleeson go for runs, Northants do not have too many options to fall back on.
How fondly must the Foxes and their fans be remembering the first four matches of this campaign considering the fact that they have not won a single game since those four consecutive victories?
Now, after 10 matches, the Foxes have 5 defeats and one no-result as their most recent results.
Clint McKay continues to be impressive and take wickets for the Foxes but opposition teams have figured out that they just have to get past his bowling and then cash in on the others.
Only three fifties in the entire tournament between their batsmen signify a serious lack of application. It is fine going hard at the bowling as Leicestershire have tended to do but there must be some amount of consistency on which the team can rely on.
The Foxes have the batsmen to try and take the game away from the opposition in Ronchi, Cosgrove, and Ackerman but their current form suggests that the bowling will have to do most of the heavy lifting.
In Clint McKay (16 wickets), Pillans (13 wickets) and Parkinson (12 wickets), the Foxes have a strong bowling unit but at least a couple of the players need to start hitting some good form very quickly.
A lack of big hits and consistency in the batting is hurting Leicestershire, something that will be glaringly obvious against one of the most consummate T20 sides in this competition.
Pitch and Conditions
A gray cloudy day has been forecast for the match but hopefully, the rain will not intervene and play spoil sport. The pitch should be excellent for batting allowing for a high scoring match.
Northamptonshire to wi