About the Match
With 14 points from 6 wins out of the 11 played so far, Nottinghamshire is up against Leicestershire who have 9 points from 4 wins of the 12 matches played. While Nottinghamshire had a lucky win by 6 runs against Warwickshire on 8th July defending 158, Leicestershire won by 3 wickets with one ball to spare against Durham on 18th Jul. Nottinghamshire won their previous encounter against Leicestershire by a convincing margin of 24 runs on 19th June by a good team work in defending their huge total of 220 runs losing only 4 wickets and this will be a golden opportunity for the Leics to avenge their defeat.
Their latest win was against Warwickshire by 6 runs, defending a moderate total of 158 for 9, was because of good work by their bowlers Mullaney, Patel and Spiegel. Though their openers have not been consistent, they have the depth in batting in the form of Wessels and Taylor, who are able to rotate strikes and build partnerships when they are at the crease. Earlier they inflicted defeat on Yorkshire on 28th June in defending a moderate total of 143 for 9 and dismissing the Yorkshire for 121. Fletcher and Gurney came up well in their bowling to claim 3 and 2 wickets each in containing the opponents. They piled up a huge total of 206 for 5 against Derbyshire and won the match by 27 runs on 20th June. The Notts have depth in batting and very effective bowling to contain the opponents; they have the resilience in batting and do not depend totally on a couple of individuals thereby demonstrating good team work and a determined approach in registering emphatic wins, and they should not have any difficulty in the present encounter against Leicestershire.
When Leicestershire faced the Notts on 19th June, they had chased a huge target of 220 piled up by the opponent and in spite of a valiant effort by Smith with his 102 off 54 balls; they could not win the match as they had allowed Notts to have a go after their weak bowling effort. Naik and Buck could not rein the Notts batsmen in full flow; their win by 5 wickets with 4 balls spared, while chasing 143 against Derbyshire on 6th July, has been an example of their good team work in bowling and batting, where Smith again proved vital with 65 off 56 balls. Their latest win against Durham has been while chasing a small target of 117, which was achieved by losing 7 wickets, as Boyce outshone others with a well-made 46 off 42 balls. Cobb is proving to be a good all-rounder and has been among wicket takers and giving a reasonable opening at the start of the innings.
Though the Leics will come out all guns blazing to achieve redemption, Nottinghamshire, which has the required might and resources, looks better placed to win the match on 20th July.
Nottinghamshire, 1.40 @ Bet365