Match Preview v Lancashire Lightning (A)
Leicestershire Foxes conclude their 2020 Vitality Blast campaign tomorrow with the trip to Emirates Old Trafford to take on Lancashire Lightning on Sunday, September 20.
The Running Foxes made it all to play for in the final group game of the competition by beating Notts Outlaws - and there are a number of scenarios which would see progress to the last eight.
For Net Run Rate (NRR) not to be a factor, the Foxes need to beat Lightning and hope that Outlaws beat Durham, Gloucestershire beat Somerset, and Bears beat Steelbacks. This would mean the Foxes would progress as one of the two third place qualifiers on 11 points with Durham, Somerset and Steelbacks all sitting on nine points.
Equally, if the fixtures between Notts and Durham, Gloucestershire and Somerset & Birmingham and Northamptonshire all end in a tie or a no result, the Foxes will still progress following a victory over Lightning.
There is another route that the Foxes could take in order to progress: taking a point off Lightning following a tie or no result, which would need to be followed by wins for Outlaws, Gloucestershire and Bears.
This would see the Foxes go through with 10 points and Durham, Somerset and Steelbacks fall short on nine points.
There are other scenarios which would bring NRR into play if a number of teams finish on 11 points.
Lightning, though, will be hurting from their 74-run defeat at the hands of Durham yesterday and will be keen to make amends.
As the contest is played behind closed doors, the fixture will be available to watch via live stream on the new ECB hub. Find out more HERE.
For the Foxes must-win match against Lancashire Lightning, there can only be one head-to-head worth considering - the Parkinson twins, Callum (Foxes) and Matt (Lightning).
Matt - on the fringes of the England T20 team - has been superb for Lancashire in recent years, taking 60 wickets in the T20 Blast between 2017 and 2019. He has taken nine wickets this season to date, at an average of 28.77 and economy rate of 8.35 runs per over conceded.
Twin brother Callum has been magnificent for the Running Foxes this season, taking the same amount of wickets as Matt, but at a much better average of 18.00 and economy rate of 6.75.
His ball to dismiss Alex Hales in our Friday night win over Nottinghamshire Outlaws will live long in the memory!
Callum picked up his 50th T20 wicket in that win and needs one more wicket against Lancashire to ensure a fourth consecutive T20 campaign where he has taken at least 10 wickets - a magnificent achievement and testament to his consistency in the shortest format.
Last Time We Met in Vitality Blast
The Foxes and Lancashire Lightning are yet to complete a Blast fixture in this year’s competition as Lightning’s visit to the Fischer County Ground was cut short after the Foxes’ innings as a result of the poor weather.
Head Coach Paul Nixon names an unchanged 14-man squad for the final Vitality Blast group game of 2020.
Leicestershire from 14: Colin Ackermann (c), Nat Bowley, Will Davis, Gareth Delany, Harry Dearden, Gavin Griffiths, Lewis Hill (wk), Dieter Klein, Arron Lilley, Ben Mike, Callum Parkinson, George Rhodes, Harry Swindells, Nick Welch.