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The defending champions, Nottinghamshire, succumbed to a surprise defeat against Durham in their last game. It's been twice in the tournament that they've lost to a rather unfancied side. Despite a loss, they still enjoy their position at the top of the table and will like to maintain it as they take on Leicestershire in their upcoming game at Trent Bridge. Leicestershire lost to Lancashire in their last game and will be desperate for a win to rise from the bottom half of the table.
The defending champions have relied heavily on their skipper, Dan Christan, to do well and he has not disappointed more often than not. The Notts will be back at their favorite venue after suffering a shocking defeat at the hands of Durham Jets.
They needed a flying start to chase 185 and their openers got them off to a flying start. They were looking well and truly in control after one ball short of five overs with 67 runs on board and no chips down. Things started going downhill for them when they lost Riki Wessels and Steven Mullaney for 42 and 25 respectively in respective overs. Tom Moores struggled with his timing and could manage only a pedestrian 21-ball 15. Dan Christan tried to smack his way out of trouble with a 32-run knock, but with no support from any other batsmen, the Notts eventually fell short by 35 runs.
With the ball, they weren't impressive at all. Jake Ball returned to the Notts squad after a horrendous performance against India and got hit for 19 runs in his two overs. Only Samit Patel could make an impact with the ball as he picked up a wicket and gave away only 21 runs in his four overs. Ish Sodhi was unusually expensive and gave away 35 runs in his three overs. All in all, irresponsible middle-order batting and poor bowling led to Notts' loss and they'll be looking to shrug it off and move to their next encounter.
Steven Mullaney, Riki Wessels, Tom Moores, SR Patel, Billy Root, DT Christian, will fraine, Jake Libby, IS Sodhi, Jake Ball, Harry Gurney.
Leicestershire failed miserably against Lancashire after being in a good position as they tried too much against the part-timer Liam Livingstone. Livingstone had been in spectacular touch with the bat and not much was heard of him doing with the ball. However, some poor shot-selection and irresponsible cricket by Leicestershire batsmen saw them lose four crucial wickets to him.
Batting first, the Foxes were rocketing along with 88 for 1 in the tenth over. They slid from there and ended up on 142 losing all their remaining wickets for 54 runs. Cameron Delport and Neil Dexter found the rhythm after struggling for initial few overs. Mark Cosgrove held one end together, but with wickets tumbling at the other end including that of Ben Raine's led to a subpar score of 142 for Lancashire to chase.
Lancashire chased the total down with 8 wickets and 20 balls to spare. Barring Ben Raine and Callum Parkinson, no bowler was spared and taken for runs by the Lancashire batsmen. Mohammad Abbas bowled only two overs and conceded 27 runs in those. Overall, it was a sorry story for Leicestershire on Wednesday which they'd be desperate to change in a quest to rise up the ladder and finish in the top four.
Neil Dexter, C Delport, Mark Cosgrove, Ben Raine, Colin Ackermann, Mohammad Nabi, Ned Eckersley, Tom Wells, Zak Chappell, Callum Parkinson, Mohammad Abbas.
Trend Bridge is known for its small boundaries and true surface to bat. It is the same surface where England scored 481 against Australia. Both the teams will need their power-hitters to fire all cylinders and as in that respect, Nottinghamshire appears to be a better team overall. Knowledge of home conditions superb battery of power-hitters, the Outlaws go into the match as firm favorites.