Nixon previews final fixture of 2019
Leicestershire CCC face the 2019 Specsavers County Championship Division Two champions; Lancashire CCC, tomorrow (23 September) in the final fixture of the year.
Lancashire come into the fixture after a home victory against Middlesex CCC, whereas the Foxes enter the final game after a defeat away at promotion chasing Glamorgan CCC.
Head Coach Paul Nixon spoke to Foxes TV following the defeat away at Glamorgan: “We are disappointed.
“We did not play our best cricket and we did not take early wickets with the new ball on a pitch where we did not have a toss – we wanted to have a bowl first.
“We felt that there was enough in the wicket in really muggy, close overhead conditions that is good for seam bowling.”
Chris Wright was the standout performer for Leicestershire, claiming seven wickets and also earning a maiden first-class half-century for the Foxes in the first innings. Nixon said: “Wrighty [Chris Wright] is a great man, and he loves his batting.
“He has got the mental application to bat long, which is great for a number nine, ten or eleven – he is no mug with the bat.
“He is a calming nature around the dressing room and this is where the youngsters have got to learn from wise old owls like Wrighty – he has played in the first division and has played against the best players.”
Looking ahead to the fixture with Lancashire CCC, Nixon said: “They are champions, and rightly so, they have played brilliant cricket all year and are a huge club.
“Hopefully they take their foot off the gas because their season is done for them now in effect, so who knows? We just have to make sure that we are up for it and play well.
“Our groundsmen have had some time to produce a good pitch and good wicket to play against a good team on, but we have to prepare well on Sunday and get our minds right.”
Nixon is also looking ahead to the Lancashire fixture as a good chance to build a platform heading into next season: “We know that this is a long term plan and a long term vision to work with these younger lads and bring one or two more in and grow the club.
“We have to be patient, and sometimes that is tough when you want instant results. Of course, it is about right here and right now, but you also need one eye on the future.”
He continued: “If you can do well against Lancashire, the best in the business in our division, then it speaks volumes.
“It is about character right now, and we are looking forward to a great challenge against Lancashire and for somebody to put their hands up and say I want to be man of the match in this game.”
Leicestershire CCC (from 13): Paul Horton (capt), Colin Ackermann, Hassan Azad, Mark Cosgrove, Harry Dearden, Sam Evans, Dieter Klein, Arron Lilley, Ben Mike, Callum Parkinson, George Rhodes, Harry Swindells (wk), Chris Wright.
*Leicestershire get their final fixture of 2019 underway tomorrow (23 September) as Lancashire make the trip to the Fischer County Ground, and you can buy tickets for all four days HERE.