Struggling Warwickshire to take on Leicestershire at Royal London One-Day Cup.
We predict that Warwickshire will defeat Leicestershire.
Warwickshire to host Leicestershire in the 25th game of the Royal London One- Day Cup on 29th July. The game is set to take place at Edgbaston, Birmingham from 11:00 am local time onwards. A win can help both teams who are at 5th and 6th position currently to target the top three spots. Warwickshire looked depleted when they took on Derbyshire in their 3rd game of the series. Warks lost their first two games to Glamorgan and Nottinghamshire by 2 wickets and 86 runs respectively. Their last game got reduced to 42 overs after rain interruption. Bowling first Warwickshire restricted Durham to 200 for the loss of 9 wickets. The 17-year-old bowling all-rounder Jacob Bethell took 3 for 32 in his 9 overs of the spell. Chasing 201, Warwickshire opener Ed Pollock registered his maiden List A hundred and remained unbeaten on 103. Warwickshire finally opened their points account by winning the game comfortably with 8 wickets and 30 balls in hand.
Leicestershire, who started their campaign on a winning note, suffered a setback against Yorkshire. Batting first Leicestershire put a target of 328 runs with help of centuries from Marcus Harris and Captain Lewis Hill. But the bowling department couldn’t capitalize on the strong start. York's top order chased the target with 7 wickets in hand. A 172-run partnership between Herry Duke and George Hill crushed the efforts of the Leicestershire batters. With this outcome, Leicestershire now have 1 win and 1 loss in this campaign. The last time two teams met in 2019, Leicestershire beat Warwickshire by 36 runs. In the high scoring game, Warwickshire failed to chase 341 runs at Leicester. Warwickshire now have the opportunity to take revenge and win back-to-back games to ease the pressure on them after back-to-back defeats at the beginning. Leicestershire who have just lost one of their last five matches across different formats are still a formidable force to tackle for Warwickshire.
Ed Pollock and Rob Yates will continue to open for the hosts throughout the season. They put up a 121 runs stand in the last game and there is no way the management will look to change the position. Yates is the leading run-scorer for the Bears with 163 runs in 2 games at an average of 81.5. A century followed by a fifty in the final game is enough to say that Yates will be the opener to look out for this season. Skipper Will Rhodes is having his ups and downs this season. His bowling figures are exceptionally good this season, but batting at number three position has not suited him well. A change in the order might provide strong support to Warwickshire top slot.
Left-arm orthodox Jacob Bethell who received his debut this year is enjoying a good run with the ball. The all-rounder has 8 wickets in his pockets so far and is currently at the second position on the wickets table. The problem is with the low support from the other end. Warks skipper Rhodes who took the ball in his hand the first game released some pressure from the 17-year-old spinner. The Warks management, therefore, has to work on the bowlers to put a strong opposition on visitors.
Key Players: Rob Yates, Jacob Bethell, Will Rhodes
Ed Pollock, Robert Yates, Will Rhodes (c), Matthew Lamb, Michael Burgess (wk), Jacob Bethell, Ethan Brookes, George Garrett, Karl Carver, Jordan Bulpitt, Manraj Johal
Leicestershire must be happy with the performances of the batters. But they have to bring Nick Welch back in the squad. The Zimbabwean right-handed batsman missed the second game after putting up an 83 runs stand with Rishi Patel in the first game. Leicestershire no. 3 and 4 Marcus Harris and Skipper Lewis Hill are the most dependable batters a team can get. Harris has 202 runs in two games while Hill has 159. Both have 1 century and a half-century each. In fact, both have put 78 and 212 runs partnerships in the first two games. If their harmony clicked in the third game, it would get easy for the visitors to jump in the points table with two more points.
The under-performing bowlers is the key concern faced by Leicestershire. They could not defend 328 runs in the last game. If this poor performance continues tomorrow, then god bless the visitors.
Key Players: Marcus Harris, Rishi Patel, Lewis Hill
Rishi Patel, George Rhodes, Marcus Harris, Lewis Hill (c & wk), Arron Lilley, Louis Kimber, Rehan Ahmed, Ben Mike, Edward Barnes, Dieter Klein, Chris Wright
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||31||0 mm.||2.62 k/h||From: NNE||20%|
|03h||30||0 mm.||1.97 k/h||From: NNE||13%|
|06h||27||0 mm.||1.62 k/h||From: NE||8%|
|09h||24||0 mm.||1.64 k/h||From: NE||8%|
|12h||24||0 mm.||0.74 k/h||From: NNW||5%|
|15h||31||0 mm.||0.64 k/h||From: N||45%|
|18h||35||0 mm.||1.82 k/h||From: NNW||29%|
|21h||36||0 mm.||1.58 k/h||From: N||54%|
The wicket generates a lot more pace and helps fast bowlers. The weather will be partly cloudy throughout the day with rain developing in the second half. The temperature will vary between 12°C to 20°C. The wind will be blowing at 25-30 km/h. It will be a bit humid between 55 to 73 percent. a 90% chance of rain is predicted in the later stage of the day.
The venue for this match is Edgbaston, Birmingham. It has a capacity of 21000 spectators. Edgbaston is home to Birmingham County Cricket Club and has been an international cricket venue since 1902. So far 53 Tests, 64 ODIs and 5 T20Is have been played here. The venue is famous for hosting the 1999 ICC World Cup semi-final between Australia and South Africa.
The ground has seen more successful defence in the past. In ODIs, the team batting second has won the matches on 31 occasions. Therefore, the team winning the toss should bowl first.
Both teams are currently hanging on the same rope. It's just Warwickshire who have a little upper hand with their bowling unit. Leicestershire, on the other hand, have unbreakable Harris and Hill. Except for these two, the batting order has not been properly tested.
We predict that Warwickshire will defeat Leicestershire.