Our Prediction is Lancashire to win!
Host Lancashire will be looking to continue the winning momentum when they take on Leicestershire in the North Group game of Royal London One-Day Cup in Manchester on Sunday. The side has registered two wins in a row in the competition and will be keen to continue their good form in this game. Captain Dane Vilas will be hoping that side can deliver another clinical performance against Leicestershire.
On the other hand, Leicestershire suffered defeat at the hands of Nottinghamshire in a rain-curtailed game played at Trent Bridge on Friday. Captain Paul Horton and co. will need to raise their game with bat and ball in order to end their losing streak in the tournament.
Dane Vilas-led unit will be high on confidence after registering a 45-run win against Northamptonshire in their previous match played on Wednesday, courtesy Saqib Mahmood’s brilliant spell and Keaton Jenning’s stunning 63.
In a rain-curtailed game, the opening pair found form with the bat and added 130 runs to steer Lancashire to a comfortable win over Northamptonshire. Keaton Jennings and Haseeb Hammed smashed splendid half-centuries to help Lancashire win their second game in a row in the tournament.
The side will be hoping that the opening duo of Keaton Jennings and Haseeb Hameed can continue their good form in the next couple of games.
The team will be depending on the likes of Captain Dane Vilas (226 runs at an average of 75.33) and Steven Croft (239 runs at an average of 119.50) to deliver runs with the bat.
All-rounder Glenn Maxwell will be expected to provide fireworks in the later stages of the innings. He chipped in with 20 runs off 16 balls with the help of two fours against Northamptonshire. Maxwell is certainly one player in the batting lineup that can change the complexion of the game in space of few overs.
In the bowling department, the onus will be on the pace duo of Graham Onions and Saqib Mahmood to deliver breakthroughs with the new-ball. Pace bowler Saqib Mahmood has been a standout bowler for the side so far this season with 13 wickets to his name.
Liam Hurt, Glenn Maxwell and Matthew Parkinson have done a decent job with the ball for Lancashire in this year’s competition.
Haseeb Hameed, Keaton Jennings, Dane Vilas (c &wk), Steven Croft, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Bohannon, Rob Jones, Liam Hurt, Saqib Mahmood, Graham Onions, Matthew Parkinson
Leicestershire has been a sheer disappointment so far this season. The side led by Paul Horton has lost four games out of five in the competition. Leicestershire will need to make changes to their playing XI in a bid to end their winless streak in the tournament.
In the batting department, the side looks heavily reliant on the likes of Harry Dearden and Colin Ackermann to do the bulk of the scoring. Harry Dearden continued his good form with the bat and smashed a half-century to see Leicestershire get off to a decent start in the previous game. He scored 74 off 70 balls with the help of six boundaries. Dearden put on a 106-run partnership with Mark Cosgrove to set the tone for the chase against Nottinghamshire.
Cosgrove also looked in good touch with the bat and scored 59 off 43 balls with the help of seven fours and a six.
Colin Ackermann suffered a rare failure in the previous game. He will be looking to make a strong statement with the bat in this game. Ackermann is currently the leading run scorer for Leicestershire with 312 runs in 5 innings at an average of 78.00.
The middle-order comprising of Paul Horton, Lewis Hill and Arron Lilley perished for low scores to see Leicestershire lose the plot in their chase against Nottinghamshire.
The bowling department will need to make considerable improvements in this game. The side conceded 433 runs in the previous game played against Nottinghamshire. The likes of Tom Taylor, Dieter Klein and Gavin Griffiths will need to put in an improved bowling performance in this game.
Paul Horton (c), Lewis Hill (wk), Harry Dearden, Colin Ackermann, Mark Cosgrove, Tom Taylor, Callum Parkinson, Arron Lilley, Dieter Klein, Chris Wright, Gavin Griffiths
The wicket prepared for the game will provide lateral movement for the quick bowlers in the initial overs of the innings. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Sunday is going to be cloudy skies.
Lancashire managed to register a crucial win against Northamptonshire at Old Trafford Cricket Stadium. The side will be keen to maintain their good record at home and continue their winning streak against Leicestershire.
Both the sides will be looking to win the toss and bowl first due to overcast conditions. The quick bowlers will certainly get rewards if they put the ball in the right areas. Spinners will also play a key role in this game.
Lancashire has notched up back-to-back victories in the competition. Looking at the strengths of the two sides, though, Lancashire emerges as clearly the better team. They have a lot of firepower and experience in their batting while the bowling is also far superior.
Leicestershire will need to produce something special with bat and ball in order to upstage Lancashire in their backyard.
Expect Lancashire to win this match!
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