Nixon delighted after Warwickshire victory
Leicestershire CCC finished their 2019 Royal London One-Day Cup campaign with a comfortable win over Warwickshire.
The Foxes were victorious by 36 runs, and although there wasn't a huge victory margin in terms of runs, Leicestershire Foxes were in control throughout the second innings to land their second victory in the competition.
At the fore of the win was all-rounder Tom Taylor, who is no stranger to the headlines this season – after earning his first career 10-for away at Sussex in the first Specsavers County Championship fixture of the season.
Taylor was left two runs short of his maiden career century as he finished unbeaten, and Head Coach Paul Nixon was pleased for 24-year old: “He has grown in confidence day in, day out which is lovely.
“I am gutted for him that he never got one hundred, he really deserved it.”
However, Nixon is fully aware that there were a number of outstanding performances in the fixture as Harry Dearden and Colin Ackermann set the tempo for the Foxes batting line up.
He said: “We started so well. Harry Dearden got us off to a fantastic start, he put any bad ball away with real convincing style, which is great.
“We had a really nice tempo throughout our whole game. Colin Ackermann played a gem of an innings and probably deserved a hundred. If he had stayed another ten overs I think we would have pushed way past 350.”
Nixon has been wanting his squad to excel in all three facets of the game throughout the Royal London One-Day Cup campaign and was delighted to see his Foxes perform all over the park:
He said: “We came out with the ball and meant business. We fielded with more intensity. Our running between the wickets was outstanding, it was different class.
“That is the type of cricket we should play, that is our brand of cricket – exciting, non-stop cricket. Perhaps we have been a bit safe at times but that’s what happens.
“We have a bunch of young cricketers and some of the guys have only played a handful of games and we have to respect that. I am really, really pleased with the all-round performance.”
Dieter Klein took three wickets against Warwickshire and took the most for the Foxes throughout the One-Day Cup competition and Nixon joked that he could have had more wickets to his name.
Nixon said: “He has probably had the most catches dropped off him as well! He has bowled beautifully. He got three wickets and got us back into the game.
“His fielding as well – he is out on the boundary and has saved many a two, so I am delighted with his fielding as well.
“Dieter has been great; he had a tough year last year. He has shown real glimpses over the last few years and is getting his just rewards from his hard work.”
The Foxes’ next fixture is away at Middlesex in the Specsavers County Championship (14 May), so the squad has a lot of time to prepare for the resumption of the red ball campaign.
“It is about momentum and about confidence and you get that from good performances and winning”, he said.
“We can’t wait to get to Lord’s. We will have a lighter session on Thursday, and pick up the intensity on Friday, and some of the guys may play club cricket.
“Monday we will be at Lord’s and will be practicing and working there. We are excited to get that build-up right and have the other guys join up with us.”
*Watch the full interview with Paul Nixon HERE.