Vitality t20 Blast 2019 – Leicestershire Foxes vs Notts Outlaws Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Leicestershire Foxes vs Notts Outlaws taking place? Friday 23rd August, 18:30 (UK)

Where is Leicestershire Foxes vs Notts Outlaws taking place? Fischer County Ground, Grace Road, Leicester

What is the expected weather for Leicestershire Foxes vs Notts Outlaws? 24c and sunny intervals with a gentle breeze

What television channel is Leicestershire Foxes vs Notts Outlaws on? Leicestershire Foxes vs Notts Outlaws will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Leicestershire Foxes vs Notts Outlaws? N/A

Where can I get tickets for Leicestershire Foxes vs Notts Outlaws? Check https://www.ecb.co.uk/T20-Blast for updates about tickets

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Leicestershire W14, Notts W11, No result 7
Last meeting: Leicestershire beat Notts by 21 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

LEICESTERSHIRE FOXES

  • Despite having games blighted by the weather, Leicestershire Foxes are unbeaten in their last five Vitality Blast matches, winning three of them including away at bitter rivals Derbyshire last Thursday live on Sky to leapfrog their way into the top four of the North Group.
  • The good form of the Foxes has been down in a large part to captain Colin Ackermann, who backed up his T20 world record bowling figures, with another incredible showing against the Falcons, with figures of three wickets for only nine runs and he will be looking to continue that run in this game.
  • Leicestershire have won their last three tosses and have chosen to bat first each time, setting their stall up as a team that likes to get a par total before strangling the opposition, and this tactic is likely to be utilised again should the Foxes win the toss in this game.

NOTTS OUTLAWS

  • The Notts Outlaws sit third in the Vitality Blast North Group table with 11 points, only ahead of Leicestershire by virtue of net run rate and this game will be crucial in terms of gaining some breathing room over the chasing pack with a win.
  • Their last two Vitality Blast games have been abandoned without a ball bowled, meaning their most recent completed fixture was a 28-run win at Birmingham, with Joe Clarke top scoring with 47 not out and he will be looking to make another match-winning contribution in this game.
  • All-rounder Samit Patel will return to the fold for the Outlaws after featuring for Glamorgan following a red-ball loan deal and his experience could be crucial in getting them over the line in what could be a very tight game.

THE PREDICTION

Another extremely tight Vitality Blast game could be on the cards here as a traditionally strong Notts Outlaws team faces a Leicestershire Foxes side who have established themselves as the form team of the North Group. Under the coaching of multiple Vitality Blast winner Paul Nixon, Leicestershire have channelled the Foxes of old titles past, putting totals on the board before suffocating their opponents into submission, with the bowling of the brilliant Ackermann leading the charge.

In a match which means so much to both in terms of qualification, this is likely to be a low scoring contest. Notts have the big game experience with numerous players like Patel, Hales and captain Dan Christian, who won’t have a problem staying calm under any sort of pressure. Leicestershire are riding the crest of a wave however and providing their batting doesn’t let the bowlers down and gives Ackermann and company a total to work with, the Foxes have enough in the tank to edge past the Outlaws in this one.

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