Ackermann finds positives from start of Blast campaign

Leicestershire Foxes captain Colin Ackermann was in a reflective mood as the Foxes suffered defeat in the Vitality Blast to Notts Outlaws yesterday.

After a great win at Northants Steelbacks on Wednesday, the Foxes has lost to Durham Jets and Notts Outlaws, putting their points total at two points from three games.

There are still 11 group fixtures to come, including a trip to Edgbaston on Friday night, so there is plenty of time for the Foxes to improve in key areas.

“That we got quite close against Notts without looking likely to chase it down was frustrating,” said Ackermann. “We've had a few decent knocks, but nothing really substantial and match-winning in the last two matches.

“We probably gave them 20 to 30 too many runs in the field but there were definitely positives in the bowling performance. For the second game in a row Zak [Chappell] was outstanding, he took three more wickets and only conceded 20 odd runs which is superb.

“It’s been a tough couple of games for Parky [Callum Parkinson] but his two wickets in three balls bought us back into the game, so I was absolutely delighted with his attitude.”

The chase of 200 was not intimidating for the Foxes after their record-breaking chase at Northants on Wednesday, particularly given a good wicket and lightning fast outfield.

The captain said: “I was pleased with the start Cam [Cameron Delport] and Dex [Neil Dexter] gave us at the start of our innings and to finish the Powerplay at 51 for none is a big positive for us.”

“The problem was in the middle overs, where they managed to strangle us and that forced us to try to play the big shots which didn’t come off today.”

Although the last two results have been disappointing, Ackermann feels that the group is in good spirits ahead of another big game at Birmingham Bears on Friday night.

“It’ll be good to have a couple of days off and then the boys will come back refreshed for Birmingham away on Friday evening,” said Ackermann.

“It’s been a tough couple of days but the signs are there for us to be competitive and I have full confidence that we can turn it around. It is a long tournament."

The Second XI take on Warwickshire in two T20 games at Loughborough Town today, representing a good opportunity for a few members of the squad to get some vital match practice ahead of Friday's challenge.

“The lads will use the games to spend some time in the middle and find some form. Warwickshire are a strong county and the games will be a good test for our boys,” said Ackermann.

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