Will Lancashire get off to a good start?
Our Prediction is Worcestershire to win!
Host Lancashire will be keen to start on a positive note when they face Worcestershire in the 2nd game of Royal London One-Day Cup at Old Trafford, Manchester on Wednesday.
Lancashire will be keen to get off to good start in this year’s competition. Last season, the side failed to qualify for the playoffs and managed to win only three games in the competition. Captain Dane Vilas will be looking to produce their best effort with bat and ball in their home fixture.
Worcestershire will certainly start as one of the favorites to win this year’s competition. The side performed exceedingly well in last year’s edition and will be focused to go the distance this time around. Captain Joe Leach will be confident that the side gets off to a winning start this season.
Lancashire have signed Australian duo of Glenn Maxwell and Joe Burns for this year’s competition. Joe Burns is certainly going to bat at the top. The right-handed batsman was signed by the county side as a replacement for Liam Livingstone, who is currently playing in the Indian Premier League for Rajasthan Royals.
Wicket-keeper Dane Vilas will lead the side in the absence of Livingstone for the early stages of the tournament.
Joe Burns will be keen to make an impression with the bat in the early phase of the competition. He will be looking to score consistently for the side at the top of the innings.
Burns might partner Keaton Jennings at the top of the innings for this game. Last year, Jennings played exceedingly and finished as the leading run-scorer for Lancashire with 375 runs in 6 innings. He will be looking to do well in this year’s tournament.
Dane Vilas and Alex Davies are also experienced players in the batting department that need to deliver runs with the bat in this year’s contribution.
Haseeb Hameed is another player who will be focused to make his mark with the bat. All-rounders Steven Croft and Josh Bohannon will certainly play this game.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Graham Onions and Tom Bailey to deliver breakthroughs with the new-ball. The side will be hoping that leg-spinner Matt Parkinson can provide wickets for the side in this game. Last year, he finished as leading wicket-taker with 18 wickets at an average of 18.22.
Keaton Jennings, Joe Burns, Glenn Maxwell, Dane Vilas (c), Haseeb Hameed, Graham Onions, Steven Croft, Josh Bohannon, Stephen Parry, Matt Parkinson, Tom Bailey
Worcestershire will be keen to produce a good result in their opening game of the competition. The side will see Daryl Mitchell and Joe Clarke open the innings in this game. The duo will be looking to produce decent starts for Worcestershire. Last year, Clarke scored 306 runs in 9 innings at an average of 34.00 with one century to his name.
Captain Joe Leach will also be determined to make this opportunity count as he will be keen for his side to draw first blood in this contest.
Callum Ferguson and Ben Cox have been bankable players in the batting lineup for Worcestershire. The two were standout performers with the bat for Worcestershire last season. The side will be hoping that can do better with the bat in this year’s competition.
Ross Whiteley will be a crucial player in the setup. Middle-order batsman has the ability to change the course of the game within few overs.
Joe Leach and Brett D’Oliviera are quality all-rounders for the side for this game. Moeen Ali will not be available for the county side as he is playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.
Wayne Parnell is another valuable addition to the side for this year’s competition. South African all-rounder is certainly an accomplished cricketer who can provide value with bat and ball.
In the bowling department, the side will be depending on the likes Joe Leach, Ed Barnard and Charlie Morris to produce breakthroughs with the new-ball. Brett D’Oliviera, Daryl Mitchell and PR Brown are other bowling options for the side for this game.
Joe Leach (c), Daryl Mitchell, Joe Clarke, Ben Cox, Callum Ferguson, Wayne Parnell, Brett D’Oliviera, Ross Whiteley, Ed Barnard, Charlie Morris, PR Brown
It is early part of the season so conditions might favor the bowlers rather than batsmen. The weather forecast for the game on Wednesday is going to be partly cloudy.
Old Trafford Cricket Stadium in Manchester is set to host all the home fixtures for Lancashire for this year’s competition. Lancashire have a poor head-to-head record against Worcestershire in the competition.
Both the teams will be looking to win the toss and bowl first in order to make use of lively conditions at the venue. The quick bowlers will certainly get assistance off the pitch. In recent times, sides batting second have won majority of the one-day games played at this venue.
Host Lancashire will certainly be keen to start afresh in this year’s competition. The inclusion of Glenn Maxwell and Joe Burns will bolster their batting resources for this season. On the other hand, Worcestershire is certainly a superior side in comparison to Lancashire and will be focused to do well in their opening fixture.
Expect Worcestershire to win this match by a good margin.
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