Leicestershire Foxes v Birmingham Bears Preview

Leicestershire Foxes are back in Vitality Blast action at the Fischer County Ground as they look to build on their 33-run victory over the reigning champions; Worcestershire Rapids.

Birmingham Bears make the trip to Leicestershire as they sit one point above the Foxes in the table, and the Foxes will be looking for redemption in front of their home crowd after losing by seven wickets at Edgbaston.

Head Coach Paul Nixon said: “A big part of that game was the first over where Fidel Edwards took the wickets.

“We lost way too many wickets in the powerplay, as Worcestershire did on Sunday (August 7) and when you lose wickets it absolutely crucifies you. We need to learn from that.”

The Bears come into the fixture after earning a draw away at Emerald Headingley after the Yorkshire Vikings could only manage to replicate the 177 that the Bears posted in their innings.

During the fixture, the Bears danger man that haunted the Foxes at Edgbaston, Fidel Edwards, went for 0-54 from 4 overs at a rate of 13.50 – something that the Foxes can take confidence from: “His confidence may be dented, he has just gone for 54 runs from 4 overs.

“He has been hurt quite badly there, and it just shows you that anything can happen in T20 cricket.

“It is fine margins and they have some good players, but so have we. We have just got to make sure that we plan well and hit them hard early on. We owe them big time.”

The Foxes enter a crucial period in the Vitality Blast fixture list with matches against teams around them in the table coming up, which Nixon is all too aware of: “Anybody can beat anybody in this format which we have shown.

“The games are now coming up thick and fast and are all double-pointers. It is crucial that we go out and play well.

“It is an exciting run-in coming up, let’s see what is in store for us.”

Without getting ahead of himself, Nixon is keeping one eye on the Vitality Blast North Group table: “We are only a couple of points away from third I believe, and the competition is still very open with a long way to go.

“But, we need to take it one game at a time and keep preparing well.”

The match is live on Sky Sports and Nixon is hoping for a big performance from his Foxes for those watching throughout the world: “We have friends all around the world that follow the Foxes.

“Many of the lads have been abroad and met people at their clubs. Myself, I have coached in the West Indies, so there are now plenty of Leicestershire Foxes fans in the West Indies and it is wonderful to have that following.

“We are desperate got put on a good show, and I am sure we will.”

Nixon has named an unchanged 13-man squad from the victory at Blackfinch New Road with Chris Wright and Ben Mike once again amongst the thoughts of the Head Coach.

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

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