Derbyshire’ challenge against Leicestershire’s strong bowling attack
Leicestershire to win
The 4th game of the Royal London One-Day Cup, 2021 would see Leicestershire take on Derbyshire at their home ground Grace Road, Leicester. Both the sides failed to make it to the quarterfinals in the last edition of the tournament in 2019. While Derbyshire finished 5th in the group Leicestershire had a terrible season finishing at the bottom of the points table.
The two sides would be missing out on some of their star players who are buy playing The Hundred. Several young faces would be seen in the two teams, and it would be interesting to see how they perform in this game. The playing surface is expected to be good, and we hope to see a high scoring game.
Colin Ackermann won’t be there to lead the side, and in his absence Arron Lilley is likely to be in command of the side in this game. They had a poor show in the last edition where they finished at the bottom of the points table. They haven’t done well in the T20 Blast as well and Lilley would be hoping for a turnaround from his players here.
The side would need a good start in this game from Marcus Harris and Rishi Patel with the former having lots of experience. In the middle order Arron Lilley and Lewis Hill would be tasked with steering the innings in the game. Down the order the side has good hitters of the ball in Louis Kimber, Scott Steel and Harry Swindells and the trio would have to do the heavy lifting.
On the bowling front Chris Wright would share the new ball with Naveen-ul-Haq and they would have to get the early wickets in the game. Lilley did well during the T20 Blast and there would be high expectations on him. The likes of Gavin Griffiths and Ben Mike must bowl tight spells for the side to win this game.
Arron Lilley (c), Rishi Patel, Harry Swindells (wk), Lewis Hill, Louis Kimber, Ben Mike, Naveen-ul-Haq, Gavin Griffiths, Chris Wright, Marcus Harris, Scott Steel
Billy Godleman’s side fared poorly in the T20 Blast and the skipper would want his players to put that behind as they go into this game. They have done well against Leicestershire in the past and shall look to carry on with the same record. There is some weakness with the bat at the top and the skipper would want his young players to showcase their talent.
The side would be hoping for a good show in this game from openers Wayne Madsen and Harry Came in this game. The middle order looks well settled with Godleman, Matthew Critchley and Alex Hughes in the side. They would also like to see good show down the order from Brooke Guest and Fynn Hudson-Prentice.
Their bowlers had struggled during T20 Blast and hence better show would be expected from the side. Sam Corners and Logan van Beek have to get the side early wickets in this game. George Scrimshaw, Alex Thomson and Fynn Hudson-Prentice shall have to keep the scoring rate under check in the middle overs.
Billy Godleman (c), Harry Came, Wayne Madsen, Alex Hughes, Matthew Critchley, Fynn Hudson-Prentice, Brooke Guest (wk), Alex Thomson, Logan van Beek, George Scrimshaw, Sam Corners
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||18||0 mm.||1.96 k/h||From: ESE||0%|
|03h||17||0 mm.||1.5 k/h||From: E||0%|
|06h||18||0 mm.||1.15 k/h||From: ESE||0%|
|09h||22||0 mm.||2.17 k/h||From: SE||0%|
|12h||26||0 mm.||1.93 k/h||From: SE||1%|
|15h||26||0.76 mm.||1.92 k/h||From: E||25%|
|18h||24||0.55 mm.||3.36 k/h||From: ESE||26%|
|21h||19||0 mm.||3.17 k/h||From: ESE||24%|
The skies would be clear over Leicester on July 22, and we expect to see a flat track here as we had seen during the T20 Blast. There would be lots of scoring opportunities for the batsmen and bowlers are expected to have a tough outing. The side that bats first in the game shall be eying a score of 320 runs.
Grace Road, Leicester is a smaller ground in comparison, and this has served as a paradise for the batsmen and we have seen big scores being made at this venue in the past. However, the track also offers good assistance to the fast bowlers with the new ball. Spinners find it tough at this venue due to the small size of the boundaries.
Most teams have preferred to bat first in One-Day games here and we have seen high scores being put up at this venue in the past. Chasing scores can be tricky as the wicket tends to slow down as the game progresses. The side winning the toss here should have little hesitation in batting first.
It is expected to be a tight contest as both the sides displayed poor form during the T20 Blast. Derbyshire has struggled with the form of its bowlers, and they would have to make amends in this game. Leicestershire on the other hand has also had its troubles but they have done well at home. The game is expected to be a tight contest but Leicestershire playing at home would start nose ahead in this game.
Leicestershire to win