18th April 2019
There's no time to dwell - Nixon
Leicestershire Foxes got their Royal London One-Day Cup campaign underway at Headingley as they took on a tricky opening fixture against a strong Yorkshire Vikings side.
There is no time to dwell on the setback, as the Foxes now face another two games in the space of three days on Easter weekend.
Attentions now turn to the second against Durham at the Emirates Riverside tomorrow (11am start), and then back home to the Fischer County Ground for a game against Worcestershire Rapids on Sunday.
The Foxes were defeated at Emerald Headingley against a Vikings side that fielded several England Internationals and were without England stars Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow, as well as and South Africa international Duanne Olivier.
Leicestershire CCC Head Coach Paul Nixon said: “It is disappointing after such a great start. At 17-3, Tom Taylor was bowling beautifully and then an outstanding partnership from a high-class England player in Gary Ballance and a potential England player in Harry Brook.
“They took the game away from us and played beautifully. We had our chances, as you do in every big partnership, but sadly they didn’t quite go our way.
“It is tough to be too critical on guys after just one outing. Will Davis has played his first white ball game for the club, Arron Lilley has played his first game and Aadil Ali has played his first game this season - so we are developing.
“It is important that we have got to develop these guys and we have to learn fast on our feet because it is county cricket, and there are no easy games.
“We have to bounce back straightaway. There are some positives out of it as well as some things that will go into our development. We have to think on our feet, and learn quickly.
The performance against the Vikings slipped away after an encouraging opening but Nixon is keeping upbeat. As well as Taylor continuing his good form, Lilley had a good all-round performance and Mark Cosgrove again made his mark in the middle order.
Nixon said: “As long as guys are working hard and doing their skills and are practicing hard, then it’s just down to execution – good and bad – which the best do more consistently.
“Our work rate is high in our practice and our preparation, and then it is about expression on the pitch.
“We have got to keep believing in ourselves and backing each other – we have a saying: ‘grab your mate next to you and deliver a partnership or deliver a good spell of bowling.’
“It is about being mentally strong after a tough game against Yorkshire. We have a chance to go to Durham and beat them and then we would have won one from two - as we are in the Championship - and we are back on song then.”
Durham have a new-look side in 2019, with five players making their List A debuts for the club in a promising 72-run victory against Northants Steelbacks.
One of those was Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft, who matched Ballance in posting a score in excess of 150.
A familiar face for the Foxes is all-rounder Ben Raine, who played an important role over the years at the Fischer County Ground before rejoining his native county.
Nixon said: “We know that Durham are a good outfit, but you can say that about all the teams in the competition. The games come thick and fast in the One Day competition, and each one is an opportunity to pick up two points and put yourself back in the mix.
“It is about our own performance and we’ll be up for it. If we can get the right result up at Durham then two points from your opening two away games, with four home games to come, isn’t that bad a start.”
The 14-man squad that was named to face Yorkshire will travel on to Durham. Overseas seamer Muhammad Abbas is not expected to be available as he awaits his visa, Sam Evans is currently recovering from a hamstring injury, and Neil Dexter is currently unavailable for personal reasons.
Foxes (from 14 v Durham): Horton (capt), Aadil, Ackermann, Cosgrove, Davis, Dearden, Griffiths, Hill (wk), Klein, Lilley, Mike, Parkinson, Taylor, Wright.