About the Match
Yorkshire and Leicestershire have played 7 matches each so far but while the former has 8 points from 2 wins, the latter has only 4 points from 2 wins; the two teams are facing each other at Leeds on 1st July trying to catch up with the other teams who are far ahead in the tournament. Yorkshire have recently lost to Nottinghamshire by a huge margin of 22 runs whereas the Foxes too were defeated by the same team in their league match on 19th June, with a little higher margin of 24 runs. However, the Leicestershire Foxes won their last league match the very next day on 20th June at Chester-le-Street against Durham Dynamos and that should put them in a better frame of mind while playing against Yorkshire.
Yorkshire, in their last engagement with Notts on 28th June at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, after losing the toss, found early success when they got rid of Jacques in the very 1st over with no score on board. They bowled with good line and length and the Nottinghamshire Outlaws found it difficult to score and thus lost wickets at regular intervals. Ryan Sidebottom was the most successful bowler with 3 wickets, ably assisted by Tim Bresnan, Rashid, Richard Pyrah, Rafiq and Robinson, all of them combining well to control the proceedings in the middle, restricting the opponents to just 143 for 9. In chasing the achievable target, they lost their way for a probing bowling by Gurney and Fletcher who made in roads to the Yorkshire line up of batsmen, forcing them to surrender for 121 for 9. Lees, Bresnan and Rashid offered some resistance before the inevitable happened by the end of the 20th over. Yorkshire needs to understand the strengths of the Leicestershire team, who have a good batting line up with Cobb, Boyce, Smith and Eckersley and hence, should bowl with discipline without giving much elbow space for free batting. When their chance comes to bat, they must punish the bowlers for any loose ball as they lack effective bowlers, and thus must succeed in their strategy.
They preferred to chase on winning the toss against the Outlaws at Leicester on 19th but without proper bowling resources, allowed them to establish a winning total of 220 for loss of only 4 wickets; this was an unassailable target for the Leicestershire batsmen who succumbed to 196 for 5, in spite of a superb effort by Smith who made 102 adding 74 runs for the 2nd wicket with Cobb, but without proper support from other batsmen, conceded the match by 24 runs. They again preferred to chase against Durham on the very next day and after the opponents made 177 for 7, they successfully chased to win the match with 5 balls to spare, with most of their batsmen succeeding in building partnerships for each wicket. They must strengthen their attack with the ball to find success in the upcoming match.
It will be a tough contest as both teams have their own set of resources, who will be eager to do well for their respective sides. If Yorkshire can exploit the weak bowling of Leicestershire Foxes which they are likely to, they will definitely have an upper hand and are more likely to emerge victorious here.
Yorkshire Carnegie, 1.44 @ Bet365