Man of the Match: Arron Lilley
Will Yorkshire register a win against Leicestershire to maintain their top ranking in the north group?
We predict that Yorkshire will defeat Leicestershire.
Yorkshire will face Leicestershire in the Vitality Blast T20 cup on 25th June at Grace Road in Leicester. Yorkshire have delivered some fine performances so far this year while after struggling at the start, Leicestershire made a strong comeback in the past few games. Yorkshire are ranked first in the north group with 5 wins in 7 games. They have 11 points in hand. whereas Leicestershire also lost all first 5 matches they played and later they have won 2 games back to back to be at the 7th place in the points table with just 4 points. This is the must-win game for Leicestershire while Yorkshire will try to continue their winning momentum and maintain good records against Leicestershire in this match on 25th June.
After the first 5 defeats in all 5 matches they played, Leicestershire made a good comeback to win the next two matches and with 4 points in hand in 7 matches, they are in 7th place in the points table. They will need a win in this match against Yorkshire to be in the race for the playoffs.
Leicestershire fought well against Yorkshire in their first group stage match and while chasing the target of 241 runs, they failed short by just 18 runs. Josh Inglis played a superb knock of 82 runs from 37 balls and to help him, captain Colin Ackermann scored a quick 32 from 17 balls. In their first win against Northamptonshire, with the help of Josh Inglis’ not 103 runs from 62 balls, Leicestershire have set up a target of 200 runs in front of opponents. Gavin Griffiths and Callum Parkinson bowled brilliantly while defending the target. Both have taken 2 wickets each to help their team to register a win.
The team has made a strong comeback in the last two matches and will try to continue their winning momentum against table-toppers Yorkshire on 25th June. This is a must-win game for them to be in the race for the playoffs.
Key players: Josh Inglis, Arron Lilley, Colin Ackermann, Callum Parkinson
Josh Inglis(wk), Scott Steel, Arron Lilley, Colin Ackermann(c), Rishi Patel, Lewis Hill, Louis Kimber, Ben Mike, Callum Parkinson, Naveen-ul-Haq, Gavin Griffiths.
Naveen-ul-Haq, Gavin Griffiths, Callum Parkinson, Lewis Hill, Colin Ackermann, Scott Steel, Josh Inglis, Ben Mike, Louis Kimber, Arron Lilley, Rishi Patel
After finishing 5th in the group last year, Yorkshire are looking strong this year and by winning 5 matches out of 7, they are at the top of the table in the north group with 11 points. They lost just one game this year against Durham and their second game against Durham got abandoned. In the third league match against Leicestershire, they scored 240 runs on the board with the help of Jonny Bairstow’s brilliant 82 runs from 45 balls. While defending the target, Lockie Ferguson bowled a brilliant spell of 2 for 28 runs and helped his team to clinch victory. But now Jonny Bairstow is out for the Srilanka tour of England, so they will highly depend on opener Adam Lyth.
After defeating Leicestershire, they registered victory over Worcestershire. While defending the target of 213 against them, they bowled brilliantly to bowled out opponents on just 122 runs. Adil Rashid’s 3 wickets for 32 runs and David Willey’s 2 wickets for 17 runs were the best spells in the match. Now both the bowlers are not in the squad as they went to play against Sri Lanka. The team is looking strong and has good replacements for the players who are on international duty. They will try to manage their best 11 against Leicestershire to continue their winning momentum and maintain their top position.
Key players: Adam Lyth, Harry Brook, MD Fisher, Jordan Thompson
Adam Lyth, Jonathan Tattersall(wk), Joe Root(c), Garry Ballance, Jordan Thompson, Harry Brook, George Hill, Dom Bess, MD Fisher, Matthew Waite, Lockie Ferguson.
Joe Root, Lockie Ferguson, Dom Bess, Adam Lyth, Matthew Fisher, George Hill, Jonathan Tattersall, Matthew Waite, Garry Ballance, Harry Brook, Jordan Thompson
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||15||0.20 mm.||3.04 k/h||From: WSW||98%|
|03h||14||0.23 mm.||4.02 k/h||From: W||99%|
|06h||13||0.11 mm.||4.08 k/h||From: NW||99%|
|09h||13||0 mm.||3.78 k/h||From: NW||98%|
|12h||13||0.24 mm.||3.05 k/h||From: NNW||99%|
|15h||14||0.14 mm.||2.36 k/h||From: NW||100%|
|18h||13||0.38 mm.||3.15 k/h||From: NNW||99%|
|21h||11||0.15 mm.||2.9 k/h||From: N||97%|
The weather is rainy on the 25th of June, with a 70-80% chance of raining on match day. The maximum and minimum temperatures will be in the 14°C - 10°C range.
Grace Road in Leicester will host this match. This ground is a home ground for Leicestershire and has a capacity of 6000. The ground has conducted just 1 ODI game so far.
This ground has not conducted any T20Is games but conducted a few domestic tournaments. This ground is mainly used for domestic purposes like Vitality Blast and County Championship. The pitch favours batsmen, and it’s easy to chase down the targets on this ground.
At this location, whichever team wins the toss will want to bowl first.
By looking at the current form of both the teams, Yorkshire have an edge over Leicestershire. Yorkshire delivered an all-around performance in batting, bowling as well as in the field. They have depth in the batting lineup and also have a good death bowling attack because of which they are currently at the top of the group. On the other side, Leicestershire are struggling with their bowling department and will get tested against the attacking batting lineup of Yorkshire. Also, they have an issue of death bowling as they have been delivering expensive spells in the death overs which might cost them against Yorkshire.
We predict that Yorkshire will defeat Leicestershire.