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Leicestershire’s hunt for a place in the quarterfinal
Leicestershire to win
Tournament: Royal London One-Day Cup | Format: ONE-DAY | Venue: County Ground, Northampton, England | Toss: To BatBet Now
It is the last round game league games at the Royal London One-Day Cup, 2021 and the 67th game would see Northamptonshire take on Leicestershire at their home ground County Ground, Northampton. Northamptonshire come here after suffering a loss against Nottinghamshire while Leicestershire won a high scoring game against Somerset to keep their hopes alive for a berth in the next round.
Northamptonshire have won just two games this season and they would have to play this game for pride. Their batsmen haven’t delivered and as the side plays its last game of the tournament, they would look to get it right this time. Leicestershire’s bowlers haven’t done well and it would be interesting to see how they do in this game.
There hasn’t been much for Ricardo Vasconcelos’ side to cheer about this season. They have won only two games and are out of the contention for a place in the quarterfinals. The side lost the last game against Nottinghamshire by 2 wickets in a low scoring contest. As they end another season, Vasconcelos would look for a consolation win.
The side would expect a good partnership from Ricardo Vasconcelos and Emilio Gay as both these players have got their starts but failed to capitalize. They have good players in the middle order with Luke Procter, Rob Keogh and Ben Curran in the team. The side would also like to good show in the finishers’ role by Saif Zaib and Tom Taylor.
Ben Sanderson and Rob Keogh bowled brilliantly in the last game while defending the low total and the side would like to see similar efforts from them in this game. Tom Taylor also impressed with his tight bowling and similar show would be expected from him in this game. Saif Zaib and Simon Kerrigan add good depth to this attack.
Ricardo Vasconcelos (c & wk), Emilio Gay, Ben Curran, Luke Procter, Rob Keogh, Saif Zaib, Tom Taylor, Simon Kerrigan, James Sales, Jack White, Ben Sanderson
Lewis Hill’s side is fighting it out for a place in the quarterfinals. They batted brilliantly in the last game to chase a huge total winning the game by 4 wickets against Somerset. A win here would put them into the quarterfinals and the side which has looked good in the last few games would like to exploit Northamptonshire’s poor form.
Rishi Patel and Harry Swindells have done well as a pair in the last few games, and they’d aim to set up a good stand upfront. Hill comes here with a great hundred in the last game, and this would add to his confidence. The side would also like to see good show from the likes of Arron Lilley and Louis Kimber after the great batting performances both of them put up. In Ben Mike they have a good hitter of the ball to follow.
Their bowling has been poor in most of the games and the side has conceded 300 plus scores in three games. They would like to see early wickets in this game from Ed Barnes and Will Davis. The likes of Gavin Griffiths, Ben Mike and Rehan Ahmed shall also need to improve their lines after the kind of beating they took in the last game.
Lewis Hill (c), Rishi Patel, Harry Swindells (wk), George Rhodes, Arron Lilley, Louis Kimber, Ben Mike, Rehan Ahmed, Edward Barnes, Gavin Griffiths, Will Davis
The skies over Northampton would be relatively clear on August 12 compared to what we have seen in recent days. The surface is expected to be a good one to bat on and the ball would come onto the bat nicely. The side batting first in this game shall aim to put 300 runs or more on the surface.
County Ground, Northampton has a small outfield and batsmen have always enjoyed batting on this surface. Fast bowlers who swing the ball do well at this venue in the early overs of the game. Spinners need to use their variations on this surface to grab wickets as even mishits can cross the boundary ropes.
Two of the three games played in this ground have been won by sides that have batted first this season. The venue has seen high scores and big run chases in the past. The side that wins the toss in this game would like to take advantage of the conditions and bat first to put up a big score on the board.
It has been a miserable campaign for Northamptonshire, and they would be playing without any context in this game. Their batsmen have been in poor form and haven’t scored too many runs this season. Leicestershire on the other hand have done well in recent games and they come here after a big run chase. This would make them favorites to win here.
Leicestershire to win
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