16th May 2018
Foxes looking forward to RLODC campaign - Javid
After the exciting finish in the Specsavers County Championship against Glamorgan CCC on Sunday, The Foxes’ focus now turns to the Royal London One-Day Cup.
The Foxes enjoyed success in limited overs cricket last summer, reaching the quarter-finals in the T20 Blast and narrowly missing out on a place in the play-offs in the RLODC after a narrow defeat at Yorkshire Vikings.
Our campaign gets underway at Northants Steelbacks tomorrow (11am start). The RLODC is played in a block of eight fixtures with the group stages finishing on Thursday, June 7.
After a trip to Northants we welcome East Midlands rivals Notts Outlaws on Wednesday, May 23 for our first home game at the Fischer County Ground before Yorkshire Vikings visit for our Family Funday on Sunday, May 27.
A number of Leicestershire CCC players achieved career-bests performances in the format last summer, including several in the fine win against Warwickshire CCC. There was a run-fest against Worcestershire CCC, which saw Aadil Ali hit 88 and put on several partnerships with the lower order.
There’s likely to be a new face in the Foxes side as winter acquisition Ateeq Javid is no stranger to success in the white ball formats.
Javid won both the limited over competitions in his time at Warwickshire CCC; he lifted the T20 Blast in 2014 and the Royal London One-Day Cup in 2016.
He said: “I’ve enjoyed a lot of success in white ball cricket and Leicestershire started to show their potential in the limited overs format last season, so I’m looking forward to the competition starting tomorrow.”
There is pedigree with domestic honours among the coaching staff as well. Head Coach Paul Nixon won the T20 competition three times as a player here, and twice lifted the Caribbean Premier League trophy as Head Coach of the Jamaica Tallawahs. John Sadler won the T20 competition in 2004 and 2006, and Second XI Coach Tom Smith won the T20 tournament with Lancashire CCC in 2015.
Javid said: “The coaches have had so much success between them and they know how to win big games and I’m certain that will rub off on the players, as individuals we will have to take our chances and put in matchwinning performances.
“The support so far this season has been really good and hopefully lots of people will come down for the 50-over games and get behind us.
“I know it was a different format, but the number of people at the ground when we won against Glamorgan was great. Seeing how pleased they were at the end was amazing, so hopefully there will be lots more moments like that at the Fischer County Ground in the future.”
* Get your tickets for the Notts Outlaws game in advance online HERE or by calling 0116 283 2128. We look forward to welcoming you to the Fischer County Ground!