Date: Monday 10 September 2012
Leicestershire enter the final match of the LV=CC season knowing that they could secure a sixth placed finish with victory against Gloucestershire.
The team currently sit in 8th position on 109 points, one point ahead of Glamorgan, but could leapfrog opponents Gloucestershire (122pts) and Northants (130pts), who have finished their programme, with a win.
Greg Smith and James Sykes shone in the Second XI Championship final last week and both are named in a 14-man Leicestershire squad for the last fixture.
Unfortunately, Ramnaresh Sarwan will not make the 1,000 mark against his former county as he will not play in the last game of the campaign at Grace Road.
Matthew Boyce (714), Josh Cobb (676), Ned Eckersley (651) will be looking to continue their fine seasons with the willow while opener Michael Thornely needs another 24 to go past 500 for the season.
Shiv Thakor currently tops the averages after scoring 349 in just eight innings (69.80) while Wayne White has scored 577 runs and is also the leading wicket-taker with 38.
White is currently top of the FTI Most Valuable Player rankings (full chart available here) for Leicestershire with 284 points. White is 26 points clear of Sarwan and 37 ahead of Cobb.
Gloucestershire will be without the injured Ian Saxelby for the trip to Grace Road. The seamer, who is a member of the Oakham School alumni, picked up a knee injury which ended his season early.
There is something riding on every game in the final round given Derbyshire (173pts), Yorkshire (172pts) and Kent (167pts) are all in for a shout of promotion after Kent beat Derbyshire last week.
Derbyshire host Hampshire, Yorkshire travel to Essex while Kent go to Glamorgan. The teams facing the top three will be looking to finish as high as they can, just like Leicestershire and Gloucestershire.
Leicestershire (from): Thornely, Smith, Eckersley, Boyce, Cobb, Thakor, White, Taylor, Henderson, Naik, Sykes, Buck, Hoggard, Wyatt.