About the Match
We are barely a week into the Natwest T20 Blast and things have already beginning to pan out beautifully. We've already seen a tie, several last ball finishes and most of the matches going down to the fire. Up next is Leicestershire taking on Worcestershire on 14th July Worcester. Both the teams are currently placed next to each other on the points table with the former ahead as they have won a game and Worcestershire hasn't. A win for Leicestershire would take them several places higher which could be as high as first spot. A win for Worcester would only take them to the spot where Leicester currently are considering their Net Run Rate is inferior to those with same number of wins.
Leicestershire's campaign in the tournament has been good so far. They won their first game against tournament. The win against them would have infused a lot of confidence considering they've traditionally been one of the best teams of the tournament.
Chasing a total of 174, Leicestershire got of to a flying start, thanks to Lake Ronchi's 17 runs cameo which lasted for just seven deliveries. Deport departed soon after, in a matter of couple of balls, with no change to the total score. The partnership of Mark Cosgrove and Colin Ackermann proved crucial as the duo added over 60 runs in under six overs. Ackermann scored unbeaten 62 which eventually led to a Leicestershire win.
Their bowling lineup consists of the likes of Clint Mckay, Callum Parkinsons with able support from Ackermann, Griffiths, and Matthew Pillans. Clint Mckay's accurate bowling was one of the reasons of their success in the first game.
Worcestershire is languishing at the bottom half of the table and are desperately looking for a win. Another loss for them could make them slide further to last spot of the table. Furthermore, Worcestershire are playing after a long break which could affect their performance.
In their first match, Worcestershire could neither got going with bat nor with bat nor with ball and lost the game by eight wickets. Opening batsman Darryl Mitchell struggled to get his timing right and could score a snail paced 18 off 20 deliveries. Only glimmer in their otherwise poor show was Ben Cox quick-fire knock of 43 from 27 balls which took them to respectable 152 runs total.
Defending a low total on a track suited for T20 style batting was never going to be easy and it proved to be nothing different. Their struggle could be validated from the fact that they had to use as many as eight bowlers to get rid of Warwickshire's batsmen. Mitchell Santner was effective at containing, but went wicket less. Daryll Mitchell bowled a brilliant spell of three overs, one for ten, but could not take his team home.
Worcestershire does not feature any big name, but they have players who have performed well over the years. For them to make a mark, it would be imperative that their stalwarts perform well be it bowling or batting.
While the tournament has moved quite a long way forward, it is still the second game of the competition for both the teams. It could be a thrilling encounter between the sides, but with a strong chase in their first match and an overall better team on paper, Leicestershire are favorites to win this game.