Foxes to carry confidence into Middlesex

Leicestershire CCC continue their 2019 Specsavers County Championship campaign with three of five games at the Fischer County Ground before the Vitality Blast gets underway.

Following the fighting draw with Lancashire CCC at Liverpool Cricket Club, the Foxes head into the fixture with Middlesex CCC that starts on Monday (June 10) in a confident mood.

It is a quick reunuion between the two sides after an entertaining draw at Lord's, a game the Foxes had worked tirelessly to set up before rain cruelly denied them the chance to finish the job.

Head Coach Paul Nixon said: “Lancashire are a big side with a quality setup full of international cricketers, so to go up to their place and come out with a draw and nine points was pleasing.

“There was a really crucial spirit shown by the guys and that never say die attitude is something that we are trying to instil in them.”

Middlesex CCC travel to the Fischer County Ground sitting two points and one place lower in the table than the Foxes, and Nixon is aware of the threat that they hold: “They [Middlesex] are a good side and also a big club.

“We have got to make sure that we take the confidence from the game at Lord’s – where we were robbed with the weather – into this fixture to get a win at home.

“A lot will be dependent on the weather. Leading up to the game, there has been a bit of rain over the past couple of days and the covers have been on the wicket.”

First team members Tom Taylor and Ben Mike missed out on the travelling party up to Liverpool with injury, but both played for the Second XI in the draw against Derbyshire CCC at Loughborough Town CC.

Sam Evans travelled up to Liverpool to then be called into action for the Second XI as well, and Nixon has provided an fitness update ahead of announcing an unchanged 13-man squad for the fixture.

He said: “At the moment I think it's still too early for Tom Taylor. His back is still giving him a little bit too much discomfort to play, which is frustrating.

“It is still so early in the season to be risking him – we have to get this right because Tom has had back problems before, so the team have to be ultra-professional about that and they are doing so.

“Ben Mike came out of the Second team game having batted and bowled unscathed, which is great for us moving forwards.”

Leicestershire CCC (from 13): Horton (capt), Abbas, Ackermann, Azad, Cosgrove, Davis, Dearden, Dexter, Evans, Klein, Parkinson, Swindells (wk), Wright.

* The Foxes are back at home in the Specsavers County Championship with the visit of Middlesex on Monday (June 10), and you can buy tickets for the fixture HERE.