About the Match
Friends Life T20 is finally underway and now we have Leicestershire Foxes taking on Nottinghamshire Outlaws in second game of North Division. This match would be played at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on 28th June 2013 at 5:00pm GMT. Leicestershire is perhaps the most successful side in the history of this competition. They’ve won the title three times and would be eying it for the fourth time as well. Nottinghamshire is having a dream run in Yorkshire Bank 40 and would be looking to carry its form into the shortest format as well. As is always the case with T20, this game might be full of surprises and a nail-biting encounter is definitely on the cards.
Nottinghamshire is probably one of the strongest sides on paper in this competition. However, they’ve failed to convert their paper strength on field in almost all five seasons of FLT20. They were runners up in 2006 and things have gone downhill for them since then. They have signed up Kiwi bowler Ian Butler which certainly strengthens their bowling attack. Their batting is enough powerful to deal with any bowling lineup in T20. Michael Lumb and Alex Hales can provide them a solid yet flying start with David Hussey and Samit Patel to follow them. Nottinghamshire’s is leading the table in Yorkshire Bank 40 with seven wins out of eight games. It would be very difficult for any side to beat them, especially at their home ground.
Leicestershire’s overall record has been most impressive in all FLT20 seasons. They’ve won the title three times, more than any other team in the competition. Leicestershire is probably the youngest side in the competition, perhaps the best thing for T20. They might not have the big names, but they certainly have the skill and team to pull off the job. With Josh Cobb as captain and with experience of Shakib Al Hasan, they have excellent batting lineup. The all-round abilities of Shakib Al Hasan add to the balance of the squad. Their bowling is led by experienced Mathew Hoggard. Irishman Niall ‘O Brian is an excellent keeper capable of scoring big with the bat. Leicestershire would love to make it tough for the opposition and if they keep on playing as a team, they can turn out to be a very tough opponent.
Its first game for both the teams and both would like to start the competition on the winning note. Nottinghamshire has been in superb form in Yorkshire Bank 40 and would be looking to carry its form in the T20s as well. Leicestershire has won the title thrice and would be looking to start their campaign with a win to get closer to the title. Nottinghamshire has a well-balanced side with star-studded batting and bowling lineup. They are in excellent form and I believe they’ve win this important match against Leicestershire.
Nottinghamshire Outlaws @ 1.50 William Hill