Can Leicestershire overcome Worcestershire hurdle to secure first win?
Our prediction is Worcestershire will win the match!
Leicestershire are having a disastrous start to the tournament with two huge back to back losses. Their batsmen are not able to make partnerships to post a big score in board. In fact in last match they succumbed to 112/7 before no. 8 & no.9 Players shared a total of more than 100 runs.
Their top seven batsmen are yet to score a fifty in the two matches. Tom Taylor, Dieter Klein and Gavin Grifith are good in bowling in few parts of the game but the rest of the bowling department is yet to make any contribution. They almost leaked 380 runs in first match and opposition chased down target of 234 runs in 45 overs easily last match. They are not putting up a fight against the opponents’ batting line-up.
Worcestershire started their campaign on a victories note against the Lancashire in their tournament opener. Hamish Rutherford and Daryl Mitchell scored their respective centuries to post a huge total of 367 runs before being bowled out in 49.1 overs. Riki Wessels started the carnage with some belligerent hitting in the powerplay. They scored just 67 runs in their last 11 overs and this is the area of concern for them.
Bowlers kept taking wickets at regular intervals and never allowed any momentum in the opposition`s innings. Daryl Mitchell, Wayne Parnell and Josh Tongue shared two wickets each. They bowled out the opposition for 240 runs in just over 40 overs. Their bowlers needs to be on mark from ball one this match as they wont a cushion of high score every match.
Mark Cosgrove – Mark Cosgrove had starts of 42 and 23 run in the two matches but could not continue. He is a class batsman who can make big scores once he is set.
Dieter Klein – Klein had a good all-round performance last match scoring 46 runs and with bowling figures of 10-3-45-2. He troubled the batsmen with his bowling early in the match but unlucky to end up on losing side.
Stats from the recent matches:
Dieter Klein – 46 runs & bowling figures 10-3-45-2
Tom Taylor – 71 runs, Avg. – 35.5, HS-59, 50s-1 & 3 wickets, Bowl Avg. - 34, Economy – 5.1, BB – 3/57
Harry Dearden, Paul Horton (c), Arron Lilley, Mark Cosgrove, Colin Ackermann, Lewis Hill (wk), Harry Swindells, Tom Taylor, Dieter Klein, Will Davis, Gavin Griffiths
Riki Wessels – Wessels hit 72 runs off just 45 overs and he took on the bowlers in the powerplay. He scored 9 boundaries and 2 maximums scoring at a rate of 160 per 100 balls.
Wayne Parnell – Wayne Parnell bowled an excellent spell and had match figures of 8-0-40-2 in a high scoring contest. He captured wickets of the set batsmen last match and de railed the opposition`s momentum.
Stats from the recent matches:
Hamish Rutherford – 108 runs, 95 balls, 10X4s, 3X6s
Daryl Mitchell –101 runs, 81 balls, 11X4s, 1X6s & bowling figures of 8-0-45-2
Wayne Parnell, Hamish Rutherford, Ben Cox (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Ross Whiteley, Brett DOliveira (c), Riki Wessels, Thomas Charles Fell, Ed Barnard, Charlie Morris, Josh Tongue
Leicester pitch is a batting paradise and teams will be scoring over 300 runs consistently here. In fact last year`s top score of 409/7 was scored by Nottinghamshire here. Almost all the pitches in England have average score of 300-350 runs this season. The match day promises to be a sunny day with some humidity and moisture.
Teams are chasing down any target set in front of them. A couple of days back Lancashire almost chased down 417 runs but ended up just 11 short scoring 406 runs. Chasing gives the teams the best possible chance to win from any position.
Worcestershire was able to score around 367 runs despite getting just 60 runs in last 10 over’s and if they could score some huge runs in last 10 over`s they are unstoppable. Leicestershire are struggling with their batting line-up and pitches more inclined to batting nowadays. So we expect Worcestershire to win this match.
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