16th August 2017
McKay looking for more of the same
Leicestershire Foxes captain Clint McKay said it was great to reward the home supporters with a win against Yorkshire Vikings – and now wants his team to repeat the feat in the crunch NatWest T20 Blast fixture against Derbyshire Falcons tomorrow night.
The Foxes go into the game against their East Midlands rivals at the Fischer County Ground (6.30pm start) on 13 points, and will need to beat the Falcons to stand a realistic chance of qualifying from a close North Division.
Leicestershire then travel to Trent Bridge to face group leaders Notts Outlaws on Friday night (7pm start), so Members and fans are in for two exciting evenings.
There are all manner of scenarios with seven teams still in with a chance of getting through to the next round but the Foxes are purely focused on what is in their control – winning the final two matches of the group stages.
“We'd won five games away from home, so it was great to show our own supporters exactly what we are capable of against Yorkshire, which is some very good cricket," said McKay.
“We want to give them more to cheer about and we go into the Derbyshire game with a lot of confidence and momentum. It's a big game because they are in a similar position to us.
“Results have varied but that is the nature of T20 cricket. Everyone has been beating everyone, so you don't know what to expect in this group.
“We have shown that when we produce our best cricket, we can beat anyone. We have a very settled squad, the boys are playing beautifully and I couldn’t have been prouder of them after the last two games.
“It has set up an exciting last two days for us. We are looking for two more wins and everyone is confident that we will make it through to the quarter-finals.”
The Foxes produced a nigh-perfect chase against the Vikings. Luke Ronchi’s devastating assault set it up, Colin Ackermann played the anchor role while Aadil Ali, Lewis Hill, Tom Wells and Mathew Pillans chipped in with double figure cameos.
Ronchi now possesses the two fastest half-centuries for the Foxes in their proud T20 history. The opener followed up his 16-ball effort against Durham Jets with another from 19 deliveries against an attack blessed with international bowlers.
Ackermann, who guided the side home for the third time in the competition, said: "Yorkshire are a quality team with international bowlers so it was always going to be tough but Luke Ronchi started off beautifully at the top of the order, he really set the tone for us.
"It's quite something to see when Luke [Ronchi] bats, whether it's in the dugout or at the other end. He is a world-class player and has done really well for us in this competition.
“We just need to finish off well now. There's all to play for in the last two games, we just need to bring good energy and a good attitude. Everybody is looking forward to it, but we will take it one game at a time, starting with Derbyshire.”
Leicestershire have named an unchanged 14-man squad as they look to join Derbyshire Falcons on 15 points, a total they moved to following last night’s victory against Durham Jets.
The Falcons are again without captain Gary Wilson, who is on international duty with Ireland, and have also named an unchanged 14-man squad. Tom Wood, Tom Milnes and Greg Cork are included alongside the XI that were on duty against the Jets.
Foxes (from): McKay (capt), Aadil, Ackermann, Cosgrove, Delport, Eckersley, Griffiths, Hill, Klein, Parkinson, Pillans, Ronchi, Sayer, Wells.
Falcons (from): Smit (capt), Godleman, Reece, Wood, Madsen, Hughes, Critchley, Brodrick, Henry, Viljoen, Milnes, Cork, Cotton, Tahir.