Blast Preview v Vikings (H)
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Match Preview v Yorkshire Vikings (H)

Leicestershire Foxes continue their 2020 Vitality Blast campaign after the break which saw the Bob Willis Trophy campaign conclude, with the visit of Yorkshire Vikings to the Fischer County Ground.

The Foxes head into the fixture off the back of a defeat in their last Blast fixture, which saw Notts Outlaws run out victors by five wickets six days ago.

Yorkshire Vikings, on the other hand, head to Leicestershire following a 29-run win away at Durham in their last Blast fixture, and a 10-wicket victory over Leicestershire in the Bob Willis Trophy that finished on Wednesday, September 9.

As the contest is scheduled to be played behind closed doors, Leicestershire have been working in the background to provide an improved viewer experience for the T20 matches.

This means that every ball of each home Leicestershire Foxes 2020 Vitality Blast campaign will be streamed live and will be free to watch for every Running Foxes fan.


Head-to-Head

For Friday's clash against Yorkshire Vikings, it is interesting to compare to all-rounders - the Foxes' Tom Taylor versus Yorkshire's Jordan Thompson. 

Taylor has had little exposure in T20 cricket so far but has been magnificent with the ball so far in our T20 Blast campaign, conceding just 30 runs from seven overs, at a superb economy rate of 4.28 runs per over.

It has been tough for Taylor to show his big-hitting ability with the bat so far in the competition, often coming in when he doesn't have full licence to swing the bat, but innings’ of 59 from 63 balls and 98 from 56 balls in last year's Royal London One Day Cup indicates that he has strong upside in T20 cricket as a batsman as well. 

Yorkshire's Thompson comes off the back of a match-winning display against the Running Foxes in the Bob Willis Trophy, and in his 20 T20 Blast matches so far in his career, has taken 14 wickets at a cost of 33.57 with an economy rate of 8.70 runs per over.

With the bat, he has shown ability as an attacking lower-order batsman, hitting 20.78% of balls faced to the boundary in his T20 Blast career so far, striking at 154.54 runs per 100 balls. 

Whoever wins the battle of the all-rounders could hold the key to winning the match on Friday.  


Last Time We Met in Vitality Blast

The Foxes and the Vikings have not faced each other yet in this year’s Vitality Blast as Leicestershire’s trip to Emerald Headingley in the competition fell victim to the weather.

Yorkshire sit a point ahead of the Foxes in third place in the Vitality Blast North Group heading into the clash.


Squad                                                                                                                                                                 

Head Coach Paul Nixon names a 14-man squad for the visit of Yorkshire Vikings.

Gareth Delany, Will Davis, Lewis Hill, Callum Parkinson, George Rhodes and Tom Taylor come back into the squad following the concluding Bob Willis Trophy fixture that began on Sunday, September 6.

Arron Lilley claimed his maiden first-class wickets for Leicestershire in the fixture and will be looking to be implemented into the Foxes attack for the first time in the 2020 Vitality Blast.

The extra man in the squad is new signing Nick Welch, who has already appeared for the Foxes this year in the warm-up T20 fixtures against Northamptonshire Steelbacks in build-up to the competition.

Leicestershire from 14: Colin Ackermann (c), Will Davis, Harry Dearden, Gareth Delany, Gavin Griffiths, Lewis Hill, Dieter Klein, Arron Lilley, Ben Mike, Callum Parkinson, George Rhodes, Harry Swindells, Tom Taylor, Nick Welch.