Vitality t20 Blast 2020 – Derbyshire Falcons vs Leicestershire Foxes Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Derbyshire Falcons vs Leicestershire Foxes taking place? Thursday 27th August, 18:30 (UK)

Where is Derbyshire Falcons vs Leicestershire Foxes taking place? The Fischer County Ground

What is the expected weather for Derbyshire Falcons vs Leicestershire Foxes? Light rain is expected throughout the duration of the match

What channel is Derbyshire Falcons vs Leicestershire Foxes on? Sky Sports have the rights to show the T20 Blast so check their schedule here to see if they will be showing this match

Where can I stream Derbyshire Falcons vs Leicestershire Foxes? You can stream this via the SkyGo app if the match is being televised by Sky Sports

Where can I get tickets for Derbyshire Falcons vs Leicestershire Foxes? Check https://www.ecb.co.uk/T20-Blastfor updates about tickets

THE TEAM NEWS

DERBYSHIRE FALCONS

  • Last year saw Derbyshire Falcons reach the semi-finals of the Vitality Blast, where they lost to eventual champions Essex Eagles.
  • Despite Derbyshire being the home side, the match will be played at the home of their opponents due to the England Women's side currently using the Falcons ground as a bio secure venue for their upcoming matches vs the West Indies.
  • Whilst the top four will likely remain the same batsman who featuring in the Bob Willis Trophy, coach Dominic Cork may rotate his all-rounders with the likes of Alex Hughes expected to come into the side.

LEICESTERSHIRE FOXES

  • Leicester Foxes finished joint-bottom of the North Group in 2019 and will be hoping to vastly improve on that showing this year.
  • Both Arron Lilley and Dieter Klein return to the squad for this match, whilst wicketkeeper batsman Lewis Hill has been passed fit and is available for selection.
  • The Foxes moved quickly to sign Irish international all-rounder Gareth Delany as an overseas player for the competition and he is expected to make his debut here.

THE PREDICTION

Both consistently written off in modern day county cricket, but Derbyshire have proved themselves as a force to be reckoned with recently. They backed up their finals-day appearance in last year’s Vitality Blast, with a strong start to this season’s Bob Willis Trophy. However, being top of the North Group with one game to play could see them take their eye off the ball in this year’s Vitality Blast. Leicestershire look like they could be dark horses in the T20 form of the game this season and the signing of Delany represents a shrewd bit of business for Paul Nixon’s side. Providing rain doesn’t interfere, the Foxes look set to start their white ball campaign with victory here.

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