Our Prediction is for Northamptonshire to win this game!
The upcoming game between Leicestershire and Northamptonshire at Grace Road, Leicester would be one between the bottom hunters of the North Group table. After playing six games each both the sides have managed one win and have no chance of progressing further in the season. Leicestershire comes into this game after a humiliating defeat in their previous game while Northamptonshire might have won their last game as well with some luck on their side.
It will be a big test for Leicestershire in front of their home crowd after the kind of batting display they put up in the last game. Northamptonshire would be looking to pile on their agony although they haven’t done well in this season either which should make this particular battle interesting.
Paul Horton’s side had a bad day against Lancashire in their last game. Their getting bowled out for mere 80 runs is a summary of their performance this season where they have managed to register just one win. The skipper would want his side to put behind this harrowing performance and win the next game.
Harry Dearden and Ben Mike were the only players who reached double figures in the last game. While the side has a decent batting line-up in Paul Horton, Colin Ackermann, Lewis Hill, and Callum Parkinson they have been far too inconsistent for the team management's liking. To win the next game they have to fire together as a batting unit.
Chris Wright and Dieter Klein bowled well in the last game but there wasn't much to be done. Ben Mike went for a few runs. The side has been giving away runs too easily to the opposition and this is something they would need to work on if they wish to create their chances in the next game.
Mark Cosgrove, Chris Wright, Paul Horton (c), Gavin Griffiths, Arron Lilley, Lewis Hill (wk), Colin Ackermann, Dieter Klein, Harry Dearden, Callum Parkinson, Ben Mike
Alex Wakely would consider his side unlucky having lost the last game against Yorkshire under the D/L method after rains came in. Given the score they had put up on the board they would have fancied their chances of winning it. As they meet Leicestershire in the next game the side would be eyeing its second win for the season.
Ricardo Vasconcelos scored a brilliant hundred in the last game and there were half-centuries from Richard Levi and Joshua Cobb as well. The batting for the side looks immensely strong with the likes of Jason Holder, skipper Alex Wakely and the big hitter Adam Rossington. They would like to continue with their form in the next game.
It was their bowlers who let the side down despite picking up early wickets in the last game. Ben Sanderson bowled extremely well in his spell. Nathan Buck also looked good in the last game. But the rest of the bowling attack including Rob Keogh, Ian Holland, and Luke Procter went for many runs and Jason Holder's inability to bowl hurt the side. They will look to improve their performance in the upcoming game.
Richard Levi, Ricardo Vasconcelos, Joshua Cobb, Alex Wakely (c), Rob Keogh, Adam Rossington (wk), Jason Holder, Luke Procter, Ian Holland, Nathan Buck, Ben Sanderson
The weather forecast for Leicester on May 4th is for rains and overcast conditions. The pitch here is flat and is expected to remain so through the bowlers would fancy their chances with heavy cloud cover. The side batting first would need to score in excess of 300 runs to win the game.
In the two games that have been played at this ground the side batting first has made in excess of 300 runs on both occasions. The pitch has been flat and expected to remain so in the next game as well. The captain winning the toss would want to bat first and put up a huge score on the board.
The season has been bad for both Leicestershire and Northamptonshire as both the sides have managed only a win so far. Going by the stats we might feel that both the sides are in the same kind of form and fitness. But Northamptonshire even in their losses has looked a better side. Their batsmen have been consistent and bowlers have also done the job relatively well. This would make them favorites to win the next game.
We are backing Northamptonshire to win this game!
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