Leicestershire, Warwickshire Lock Horns in Battle of Bottom-Rankers
Our Prediction is Warwickshire to win!
Host Leicestershire will be looking to get back to winning ways when they take on Warwickshire in the North Group game of Royal London One-Day Cup played in Leicester.
Both the teams are currently lying in the bottom half of the league table at the moment.
Leicestershire has clearly struggled to get going in this year’s competition. Captain Colin Ackermann will be hoping that side can put on a good show in this home fixture.
On the other hand, Warwickshire registered a hard-fought win over Lancashire in a rain-curtailed game played at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham. Jeetan Patel will be hoping that side can put in a clinical performance in this game.
Leicestershire will be hoping to get off the mark with a victory in their home fixture against Warwickshire.
For Leicestershire, the responsibility in the batting department will be shared by in-form captain Colin Ackermann, who scored 40 runs off 62 balls in the previous game played against Northamptonshire. He has been a consistent performer for the side so far in this year’s competition. Ackermann currently has scored 354 runs in 7 matches at an average of 59.00 with two centuries to his name. Besides Ackermann, opening batsman Harry Dearden and wicket-keeper batsman Lewis Hill have contributed with a decent score for the side in this year’s competition. The duo got starts in the previous game and failed to convert those into notable scores.
Harry Dearden will be looking to put a notable score in this game. The opener perished for a low score in the previous game. Lewis Hill scored a fluent 28 off 30 balls with the help of four boundaries.
The lower-order certainly showed a lot of fight and resistance in the previous game played against Northamptonshire. The likes of Tom Taylor, Ben Mike, and Callum Parkinson chipped in with crucial scores to keep Leicestershire in the contest against Northamptonshire.
In the bowling department, the side will be depending on the likes of Mohammad Abbas and Dieter Klein to make early breakthroughs with the new-ball. Abbas bowled well for the side in the previous game and finished with two wickets to his name. Callum Parkinson and Ben Mike chipped in with key wickets in the previous game played on Saturday.
Colin Ackermann (c), George Munsey, Lewis Hill (wk), Harry Dearden, Mark Cosgrove, Tom Taylor, Callum Parkinson, Ateeq Javid, Ben Mike, Dieter Klein, Mohammad Abbas
Jeetan Patel led-unit produced a clinical performance with bat and ball to beat Lancashire in the previous game played at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham. The side is currently in the bottom half of the table with five points to their name.
Warwickshire will need to win all of their remaining games in order to have an outside chance of qualifying for the playoffs.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Sam Hain, Liam Banks, and Alex Thomson to do the bulk of the scoring. Hain delivered a match-winning performance with the bat in the previous game played against Lancashire. He scored unbeaten 84 off 100 balls with the help of two fours and a six. He came to the crease with Warwickshire placed in a precarious position at 62 for 3 after 14.1 overs. Hain put on a 111-run partnership with Liam Banks to see Warwickshire placed in a strong position to win the game.
Opener Ed Pollock also chipped in with a decent score for the side in the previous game. He scored 38 off 34 balls to help Warwickshire get off to a decent start in the chase.
Middle-order batsman Liam Banks also chipped in with a crucial performance for the side. He scored 61 off 68 balls with the help of three fours and a six. Banks will be keen to continue his good form with the bat in the next couple of matches.
All-rounder Chris Woakes and wicket-keeper batsman Alex Mellor also contributed with crucial scores for the side in the previous game played against Lancashire.
In the bowling department, the side will be hoping that the likes of Chris Woakes, Oliver Hannon-Dalby to deliver breakthroughs with the new-ball. The spin duo of Jeetan Patel and Alex Thomson also bowled well in the previous game. Thomson was the standout bowler and finished with three wickets to his name.
Jeetan Patel (c), Ed Pollock, Dominic Sibley, Sam Hain, Will Rhodes, Liam Banks, Alex Mellor (wk), Chris Woakes, Alex Thomson, George Panayi, Oliver Hannon-Dalby
The pitch prepared for the game will be good for batting. The quick bowlers will get something out of this surface. The weather forecast for the game on Monday is expected to be light rain showers with a gentle breeze.
Grace Road in Leicester is going to host all home fixtures for Leicestershire in this year’s competition. Leicestershire lost their previous game played at this venue. Warwickshire has an excellent head-to-head record against Leicestershire in the competition.
The side that wins the toss would be keen to bat first and put runs on the board. The new-ball will be crucial for both the teams in this game. The surface will not spin as much for the slow bowlers in this game.
Leicestershire will need to raise their game with the bat and ball in order to beat Warwickshire in this contest. The side has suffered from inconsistency in the ongoing Royal London One-Day Cup and will need to produce something special to get a positive result in this game.
On the other hand, Warwickshire registered a morale-boosting win over Lancashire and will be confident of doing well against Leicestershire in this game.
Expect Warwickshire to overcome Leicestershire in this game!
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