About the Match
Leicestershire lost the match against Northants in their opening game by 5 wickets after failing to defend a strong total of 178 runs; they will now go up against Yorkshire in the upcoming North Group match on 27th Match at Leeds. The foxes gave a tough fight to the Northamptonshire bowlers, rapidly building up the runs but weather played spoil sport and they couldn’t defend 164 runs in an 18-over second innings, losing the match through the D/L method. The York Vikings will play hosts and will surely make the most of the support of the fans here; it needs to be seen which team manages to dominate the other and win the upcoming match.
The young Alex Lees will lead the side that consists of batsmen like Gary Ballance, Adam Lyth, Andrew Gale and all-rounders like Tim Bresnan, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Will Rhodes and Matthew Waite. In Jonny Bairstow’s absence, Andrew Hodd will keep for the team and can contribute with the bat; youngsters like Travis Head, Jack Leaning, Ryan Gibson and Josh Shaw will be eager to prove themselves and are likely to be in action with seniors like Joe Root and Bairstow on international duty.
The speedsters in the squad are Liam Plunkett, who has been in good form, Ryan Sidebottom, Steven Patterson, Ben Coad, Jack Brooks and the promising new-comer Matthew Fisher. Karl Carver will assist Adil Rashid in the spin department while part-timers can add depth to the attack.
They have many youngsters in the side who will be raring to go and provide impetus to their campaign; Lees has a huge responsibility over his shoulders and with guidance from seniors like Ballance, Lyth, Gale and others, he can definitely bring together the team to dominate the opposition.
Mark Pettini led the team from the front against the Northants by scoring a well-made 43 from 35 balls to start the innings well; Umar Akmal came at No.4 and posted a superb unbeaten 52 off 32 deliveries while Cosgrove, Kevin O’Brien and Tom Wells helped build the target of 178. However, after the rains, the opposition had a reduced target of 164 runs and the bowlers failed to defend it in 18 overs.
Ben Raine took 2 wickets but gave away too many runs; Rob Taylor and Naik took a wicket each but it wasn’t enough to stop the Northants from winning the match by 5 wickets in a thrilling finish. Rilee Rossouw, the O’Brien brothers, Akmal and Clint McKay have tremendous experience which the team can utilize in the upcoming match.
While the batsmen have done well in the opener, the bowlers must gear up to put up a more disciplined attack; Pettini will have to cleverly use his resources in order to make a comeback here.
The Leics have suffered defeat in the opening match and they will be hungry for a win here; however, Yorkshire enjoys the home advantage and with their experienced squad are better placed to emerge victorious on Friday