Northamptonshire will look to maintain their good form when they face Leicestershire in the 37th match of the 2023 T20 Blast competition on Friday at Northampton.
Northamptonshire were defeated by Warwickshire by 21 runs in the previous match. Northamptonshire are now in the bottom half of the league table as a result of this result.
Leicestershire, on the other hand, has lost three games in a row. Skipper Colin Ackermann will be hoping that the team can make amends and perform better against Northamptonshire.
There have been 20 meetings between the teams in the competition’s history, with Nottinghamshire winning nine of them. Leicestershire Foxes have won seven of their last eight games. Four matches have been called off or ended in a tie.
The North Group Match between Northamptonshire vs Leicestershire will take place on June 2nd, 2023 at County Ground, Northampton.
Match Details to Note
Match: Northamptonshire vs Leicestershire, North Group Match, T20 Blast 2023
Date: June 02, 2023 (Friday)
Time: 11:00 PM IST
Venue: County Ground, Northampton
The majority of the runs will be scored by the likes of skipper David Willey, Chris Lynn, Ricardo Vasconcelos, Saif Zaib, Josh Cobb, and wicket-keeper Lewis McManus in the batting department.
Ricardo Vasconcelos performed admirably for Northamptonshire in the previous match, scoring 65 runs off 39 balls with the help of thirteen fours.
Aside from Vasconcelos, David Willey scored 33 runs off 27 balls with four boundaries, and Lewis McManus contributed 29 runs off 14 balls.
In the bowling department, the team will rely on David Willey, Andrew Tye, Tom Taylor, and Graeme White to provide timely breakthroughs.
David Willey and Freddie Heldreich bowled well in the previous match, each taking two wickets.
Ricardo Vasconcelos, Luke Procter, Rob Keogh, Saif Zaib, Adam Rossington, Tom Taylor, Gareth Berg, Simon Kerrigan, Ben Sanderson, David Willey, Lewis McManus, Ollie Sale, Hassan Azad, Sam Whiteman (Australia – County Championship and One-Day Cup, until the end of August), Chris Tremain (Australia – County Championship, three games in April), Lance Morris (Australia – County Championship, three games in May), Chris Lynn (Australia – Vitality Blast), AJ Tye (Australia – Vitality Blast)
Possible Playing XI:
David Willey (c), Josh Cobb, Saif Zaib, Lewis McManus (wk), Tom Taylor, Chris Lynn, Ricardo Vasconcelos, James Sales, Andrew Tye, Graeme White, Freddie Heldreich
With a net run-rate of -2.369, the county team is at the bottom of the league table.
The majority of the runs will be scored by Rishi Patel, Nick Welch, Arron Lilley, captain Colin Ackermann, Wiann Mulder, and Harry Swindells in the batting order.
Rishi Patel scored 42 runs off 29 balls with four boundaries and two sixes in the previous match, while Nick Welch contributed 37 runs off 28 balls.
Callum Parkinson, Naseem Shah, Rehan Ahmed, Wiann Mulder, and Will Davies will be relied on to provide crucial breakthroughs in the bowling department.
Naseem Shah and Wiann Mulder bowled well in the previous match, each taking two wickets.
Samuel Evans, Colin Ackermann, Lewis Hill, Rishi Patel, Harry Swindells, Chris Wright, Edward Barnes, Gavin Griffiths, Callum Parkinson, Harry Dearden, Roman Walker, Tom Scriven, Wiaan Mulder (South Africa), Peter Handscomb (Australia – County Championship, April and May), Ajinkya Rahane (India – County Championship and One-Day Cup, June onwards), Naveen-ul-Haq (Afghanistan – Vitality Blast), Sol Budinger, Matt Salisbury
Possible Playing XI:
Colin Ackermann (c), Wiaan Mulder, Rishi Patel, Nick Welch, Soloman Budinger, Arron Lilley Harry Swindells (wk), Callum Parkinson, Rehan Ahmed, Naseem Shah, Will Davis
Northamptonshire vs Leicestershire Batsmen Worth Watching
Ricardo Vasconcelos hit 65 runs off 39 balls in the loss to Birmingham Bears, his second half-century of the tournament. David Willey has made significant contributions, but Chris Lynn has yet to score more than 31 points.
Leicestershire came close to a 190-run victory over the Falcons, thanks primarily to 59 runs from 38 balls from captain Colin Ackermann, 44 runs from 28 balls from Rishi Patel, and 30 runs from 20 balls from opener Nick Welch.
Northamptonshire vs Leicestershire Bowlers Worth Watching
Six wickets were shared evenly in the previous game by captain David Willey, Australian Andrew Tye, and Freddie Heldreich. Heldreich, a 21-year-old left-arm wrist spinner, drew attention with consecutive wickets of Alex Davies and Glenn Maxwell.
On a turning wicket in Leicester, the spin duo of Callum Parkinson and Rehan Ahmed shone, each taking two wickets. Ahmed, an England Test player, took 2-20 from four overs and was able to confuse batters both in flight and off the pitch.
Northamptonshire vs Leicestershire Toss Prediction
Both teams will want to win the toss, bowl first, and keep the opposing team to less than. This season, the first innings score at County Ground, Northampton, is around 150 runs.
Northamptonshire vs Leicestershire Pitch Report
The 37th match of the 2023 T20 Blast competition between Northamptonshire and Leicestershire will be played at County Ground in Northampton.
Northamptonshire has won two of the previous three meetings between the two teams.
The wicket at County Ground in Northampton has been prepared to provide an exciting battle between bat and ball. The weather forecast for Friday is clear skies with a humidity of 75%.
Northamptonshire vs Leicestershire Prediction
As they are playing in their home conditions, host Northamptonshire will be favorites to win their game against Leicestershire based on current form. With players like Chris Lynn, Ricardo Vasconcelos, Andrew Tye, and David Willey on the team, the management will be hoping for a good performance in this game. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Northamptonshire is the favourite to beat Leicestershire at the odds of 1.57.
Northamptonshire vs Leicestershire Most Recommended Player for Bet:
Ricardo Vasconcelos is aiming for his third half-century of the season and is our pick to be Northamptonshire’s top run scorer against Leicestershire.