Falcons v Foxes preview

Leicestershire Foxes travel to Derbyshire tomorrow (August 15) to take on an in-form Falcons side who head into the fixture on the back of victories against Yorkshire Vikings and Worcestershire Rapids.

The Foxes, though, are also in a good run of form having gone unbeaten in their last three fixtures including victories over Worcestershire Rapids and Birmingham Bears, and a washout against Northamptonshire Steelbacks.

Head Coach Paul Nixon spoke after the rain-affected Steelbacks fixture at the Fischer County Ground: “The lads have a couple of days off now with a busy 10-day schedule coming pretty soon, which is very intense.

“The first team guys had a good opportunity to rest their muscles and minds well and then came back strong ready for a good practice today, ready for a big game against Derbyshire.”

Looking ahead to the Falcons fixture, Nixon said: “It is crucial to get points and not leave it too late.

"It is really important that we take confidence moving forward to play positive cricket. We have just had a great session at Loughborough University with a spin net and seamers net.

"We are ready and prepared for a good day tomorrow. The forecast looks good.

"They [Derbyshire Falcons] used a used wicket last night when they won against Worcestershire and we have done our preparation as to what wicket we could play on. We are ready." 

The Falcons have since gone on to earn two impressive victories since the Foxes’ washout against Northamptonshire Steelbacks on Friday (August 9) with half-centuries from Wayne Madsen and Leus du Plooy leading the charge against Yorkshire Vikings on Sunday (August 11) - the latter's coming off just 20 balls.

Bowler Logan van Beek also put in a useful four overs with the ball, culminating in career-best T20 bowling figures of 4 for 17.

Career-best figures were also posted in the Falcons’ victory over Vitality Blast reigning champions Worcestershire Rapids as Matt Critchley claimed four for 36 with the ball whereas Billy Godleman scored 92 with the bat.

Nevertheless, the Foxes morale will be high following victories against Worcestershire Rapids and Birmingham Bears, with captain Colin Ackermann posting world-record bowling figures of seven for 18 against the Bears at the Fischer County Ground the last time the Foxes were in front of the Sky cameras.

Nixon once again names an unchanged 13-man squad for the trip to Derbyshire, with Ben Mike and Chris Wright in contention alongside the XI that has played in recent matches.

Leicestershire Foxes (from 13): Ackermann (capt), Aadil, Cosgrove, Davis, Dearden, Hill (wk), Griffiths, Klein, Lilley, Mike, Parkinson, Swindells, Wright.