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Yorkshire will be playing three Vitality Blast 2018 matches in the space of just about three days including a doubleheader against Derbyshire. This match will take place after its second match against Derbyshire and will see the home tea taking on Leicestershire. Yorkshire is currently in a good position with four wins from seven matches but this stretch of matches could change its standing in the group drastically.
Leicestershire is not a team to be taken lightly and is just a step behind Yorkshire at the moment. Three wins from seven matches is not the best start but certainly not a disastrous one either. The Foxes will be hoping to catch the Vikings on the back foot at home and move up further on the league table.
Yorkshire would have played out the second match against Derbyshire by the time this match gets underway. The Vikings suffered a shock loss to Derbyshire as they failed 22 runs in the last over. At home, though, against a struggling Derbyshire side, we think Yorkshire will be able to get the job done.
A number of players will once again go missing for Yorkshire as England starts its test series against India. Adil Rashid is the most high-profile player among those that will not be available since he was specifically on a white ball contract with his county.
There are plenty of class players in the Yorkshire side, though.
Adam Lyth is having an excellent season and his 252 runs in the season so far have come at a brilliant strike rate of 169.12. Lyth is playing the kind of role that many thought would be beyond him, however, he is happy to prove the naysayers wrong.
Runs from Kane Williamson, Gary Balance, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, and Jake Tattersall also provide good depth to the batting. David Willey should also be available for this match and his big hitting at this level of the game cannot be taken lightly either.
In the absence of Rashid, his spin partner, Rafiq will take the lead in trying to pick wickets during the middle overs. Bresnan, Willey, Patterson, and Brooks are expected to shoulder the bowling load alongside.
Adam Lyth, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, David Willey, KS Williamson, GS Ballance, Harry Brook, Jonathan Tattersall, Jordan Thompson, Azeem Rafiq, Jack Brooks, SA Patterson.
A loss against Derbyshire in the last match has left Leicestershire susceptible in the North Group. An already tight group has been squeezed further with the emergence of Derbyshire, who is now level with Leicestershire on points.
Leicestershire has been quite inconsistent this season and a feature of their cricket has been the ability to go really big while batting or go completely bust.
Raine, with 233 runs to his name at a strike rate of 190.98 is the perfect example of this approach. He has 17 sixes to his name, has scored one century, one fifty, but little of note in the other innings. There is a feeling around the circuit that Raine is too inconsistent to be considered a long-term prospect even though teams coming up against him are going to wary of him for sure.
Runs from Ackerman, Cosgrove, Dexter, and Delport make Leicestershire a dangerous batting side. Mohamad Nabi can contribute with the bat as well while a couple of lower order players can swing about the bat too.
The bowling department for Leicestershire is once again dominated by a couple of players. Parkinson has 11 wickets to his name and is keeping things tight while bowling but Raine, who has 9 wickets to his name, is giving away runs at over 10 an over.
Mohamad Nabi takes the new ball and is very good at keeping the runs down but his tally of six wickets is not what he would have hoped it would be.
Leicestershire has struggled because of its inconsistent batting and ineffective bowling. There are a couple of dangerous players which will keep the Foxes in the hunt on a few occasions but hoping for a sustained run from this team seems to be asking for a bit too much.
Neil Dexter, C Delport, Mark Cosgrove, Ben Raine, Colin Ackermann, Mohammad Nabi, Ned Eckersley, Tom Wells, Callum Parkinson, Gavin Griffiths, Mohammad Abbas.
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A nice sunny day with some harmless clouds around has been forecast for match day in Leeds. The rain around in the area would have given the groundsman a chance to freshen up the pitch and get some life in it for the faster bowlers. We think that while the batsmen will still reign supreme, the balance between bat and ball will be closer than before.
We think a score of around 170 should be considered par.
Yorkshire has lost to Leicestershire in three out of the last five matches and tied another. Still, its good current form and the advantage of hoe conditions should help it win this match in our opinion.
Back Yorkshire to win.
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