Yorkshire start their tournament with their match against Leicestershire
Our prediction is Yorkshire will win the match!
Royal London ODI cup for the 2019 season is expected to raise the stakes for few players who wish to play for the England team. And the viewership is expected to increase this year with World Cup 2019 looming round the corner.
They are led by English fast bowler Patterson who has vast experience in playing county cricket for more than a decade. They have an excellent batting line-up with experienced English Players like Joe Root, Adam Lyth, David Willey, Gary Balance, Tom Kohlore-cadmore.
They signed the Indian batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara last season and this year they have added the services of South African star bowler Duanne Olivier. Skipper Steve Patterson, David Willey and Mathew Fisher are the fast bowling trio expected to take place in the starting XI. Adil Rashid is their lead spinner and he has been doing very well for the English team lately.
Leicestershire had a miserable season last year finishing in the second place from the bottom with only two wins. They have made a host of releases this year with players like Ben Raine, Cameron Delport, Michael Carberry and Richard Jones among the released names. Paul Horton leads the team and is one of the well known names in county circuit. Mark Cosgrove, Colin Ackermann and Skipper Paul Horton were the only batsmen to cross 250 runs last season and all the other batsmen failing with the bat.
Their bowlers were not able to take wickets last year and that cost them in a big way last year. They have added Aaron Lilley, Chris Wright and Will Davis to the squad. They are expected to have a new look bowling attack with a number of bowlers released. Dieter Klein, Gravin Griffith and Callum Parkinson are expected to play a huge role this season. Indian pacer Varun Aaron is not available this season due to his IPL contract.
Tom Kohlore-Cadmore – Tom was the leading run scorer for Yorkshire last season and he had three half-centuries and a century to his name with an average over 50. He his an player to watch out for this season.
David Willey – Willey took 11 wickets in just 3 matches and he is a bowler who can swing the ball in both directions. He missed IPL due to personal reasons and is expected to play in this season with his selection to World cup squad expected.
Stats from the last year`s season:
Tom Kohlore – 472 runs Avg. 52.4, Strike rate - 102 (Hs-164, 100s-1, 50s-3)
Adil Rashid – 14 wickets, Avg. – 28.9, Economy of 6.3 RPO (BB -4/47)
Tim Bresnan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Steven Patterson (c), Adam Lyth, Gary Ballance, Adil Rashid, Matthew Fisher, Joe Root, Jonathan Tattersall (wk), Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Duanne Olivier
Mark Cosgrove – Mark Cosgrove was a lone warrior in most matches last year and the only player to score over 300 runs last year. He has 4 fifties to his name in the even outings. His ability to find the gap and maneuver the field will serve well for the team.
Neil Dexter –Dexter had a surprising good season with the ball but failed to make an impact as a batsmen. He took six wickets and was among the top five wicket takers for his team. But he was taken for runs at a economy rate of over 6 RPO.
Stats from the last year`s season:
Mark Cosgrove – 317 runs Avg. -45, Strike rate -95 (Hs-84, 50s-4)
Gavin Griffiths – 8 wickets, Avg – 27.9, Economy of 7 RPO (BB -4/30)
Ateeq Javid, Paul Horton (c), Neil Dexter, Mark Cosgrove, Lewis Hill (wk), Colin Ackermann, Harry Dearden, Harry Swindells, Dieter Klein, Gravin Griffith, Chris Wright
Leeds is a ground which has excellent balance between the bat and the ball and is known to provide some assistance to both batsmen and the bowlers. The average score in this pitch will be around 260-270 runs mostly. Any score near the 300 mark will be hard to chase here. Leeds has a breezy weather with 10% chances of rain and it should affect the match in any way possible
Teams will look to chase down the target set by the opposition is the recent trend. And the bowlers find it hard to contain batsmen in the second innings due to their calculated approach towards the target.
Yorkshire has a well settled squad with a host of experienced players whereas Leicestershire has made a host of changes to their squads this season. Yorkshire has a good continuity and understanding of their player strength`s, so expect them to win the opening encounter.
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