Preview: Lancashire Lightning v Leicestershire Foxes
Match Preview: Lancashire Lightning v Leicestershire Foxes, NatWest T20 Blast
After an opening night win over Durham at Emirates Riverside on Friday, Lancashire will look to build on their ideal start to this summer’s NatWest T20 Blast at Liverpool tomorrow.
The Lightning’s first home game sees them take on three-time champions Leicestershire Foxes.
The Foxes won this competition in 2004, 2006 and 2011, but they have failed to get out of the North Group since their latter success.
This is their first fixture having finished a Championship match against Sussex at Arundel yesterday.
Lancashire beat Durham last night by 52 runs having posted 192-6. Durham responded with 140-7.
Jos Buttler and Jordan Clark were Lancashire's standout performers with bat and ball, hitting 59 and taking 3-26 respectively.
Lancashire Lightning v Leicestershire Foxes
Sunday 9 July
Liverpool Cricket Club
Leicester finished bottom of the North Group last year with four wins, eight defeats and two No Results.
They fell away badly having made the ideal start to their campaign with two wins against eventual champions Northants and semi-finalists Yorkshire.
A host of new faces arrived at Grace Road over the winter, including seamer Gavin Griffiths from Lancashire and a Parkinson twin, Callum, who left the Red Rose Academy via Derbyshire.
Griffiths starred in Lancashire’s successful Finals Day in 2015, but could not hold down a place with his home county last year.
The Foxes will field two overseas players in this summer’s Blast.
Their specialist T20 recruit is New Zealand wicketkeeper batsman Luke Ronchi, who played on a similar deal for Birmingham Bears last summer.
Australian Clint McKay, a feature on their team sheet in all competitions for the last few years, has taken over the limited overs captaincy from Mark Pettini.
COMING TO THE GAME?
If you are making the trip to Liverpool Cricket Club to watch Lancashire Lightning take on Leicestershire Foxes on Sunday 9 July, then take a look through our match guide here.
LAST TIME OUT
Hard-hitting South African Cameron Delport hit 68 off 47 balls from number three and contributed to a daunting 207-3 at Grace Road last July.
Captain Mark Pettini top-scored with 76 off 51 to put the Lightning under serious pressure with the ball.
Lancashire fell to 59-3 in the ninth over of their reply and were always behind the rate, despite Alviro Petersen’s magnificent 103 off 52, the club’s fastest ever century.
They needed 29 off the last over, with defeat a hammer blow to their qualification chances.
WHAT THEY SAID
Stephen Parry is relishing Lancashire’s return to Liverpool tomorrow, a place he has strong ties with.
The left-arm spinner has played a lot of second-team and league cricket on Merseyside.
“I’ve played a lot of cricket there, even in the Liverpool Competition over the last 10-12 years,” said the Manchester-born star, who currently plays his club cricket at Formby.
“I’ve got a soft spot for Liverpool, and you always get good crowds and a good atmosphere.
“It’s a decent size ground. What’s really good is that you feel like the crowd’s on top of you because the seats are quite close to the rope.
“Even though there might only be three or four thousand in, it feels like there’s quite a lot in. It’s always exciting to go to Liverpool and play.
“I’ve got a lot of friends on that side of Lancashire and a few are coming down on Sunday. It will be nice to catch up with them.”
Parry is confident Lancashire can challenge for their second Blast title this summer: “This year, looking at the side and how it’s balanced, it’s really exciting,” he said.
And he believes last week’s full week of T20 preparation will be hugely beneficial to the Lightning squad.
He added: “It’s been quite nice for us not to have a Championship game, whereas some other teams have. We’ve been able to focus on our skills and build up to the tournament.”
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Packed into just three short hours of explosive T20 cricket, the NatWest T20 Blast offers plenty of entertainment on and off-the-field for the entire family with themed nights, live music, street performers, games and activities, fancy dress stalls and plenty of food and drink in our Foster’s Fan Village.
Plus, with some of the biggest names in international cricket joining Lancashire this summer you can expect to see plenty of wickets flying and huge sixes at every match.
Lancashire Lightning NatWest T20 Blast home fixtures:
- Lancashire Lightning v Yorkshire Vikings, Fri 14 July, Emirates Old Trafford
- Lancashire Lightning v Derbyshire Falcons, Sun 16 July, Emirates Old Trafford - Buy Tickets
- Lancashire Lightning v Durham Jets, Sun 23 July, Emirates Old Trafford - Buy Tickets
- Lancashire Lightning v Notts Outlaws, Fri 28 July, Emirates Old Trafford - Buy Tickets
- Lancashire Lightning v Worcestershire Rapids, Wed 16 August, Emirates Old Trafford - Buy Tickets
- Lancashire Lightning v Birmingham Bears, Fri 18 August, Emirates Old Trafford - Buy Tickets
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