LEI vs NOR Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Jun 23, 2023
It’s fair to say that Leicestershire (2-9) can’t compete for the finals this season, as they’re in last place in the North Group and just can’t catch up. Four losses out of their last five games have pretty much sealed things.
Northamptonshire suffered three annoying losses in a row, but have brought things back with two straight wins. They’re in the sixth spot at the moment, and if the teams above them start to fall, then Northamptonshire could find themselves in the finals.
Leicestershire vs. Northamptonshire will take place at Grace Road, Leicester, on June 23rd. Keep checking the official OCB website for all the latest news and tips for cricket.
LEI vs NOR Team Previews
Leicestershire will have a difficult time getting into the finals, as the team is stuck in last place in the North Group. The team can still improve for next season, however.
Rishi Patel is superb with his batting right now, as he's scoring at a swift clip (327 total runs) and even pulled up a fantastic 104 in a victory against Durham. Unfortunately, there is a big gap between Patel and the other batters, which helps to explain why Leicestershire is at the bottom.
Despite having respectable batting averages, Welch (211), Mulder (187), and Kimber (162) are not quite sufficient to lead the club to victory. Patel is currently under far too much stress as the only reliable batter.
The squad also struggles with taking wickets, and it's a terrible indication when Parkinson collects the most wickets with 14, followed by Ahmed with 9. Teams are often trampling over Leicestershire, since it doesn't seem like the bowlers will trouble the other team's batters.
Leicestershire Playing 11
Nick Welch, Peter Handscomb, Rishi Patel, Colin Ackermann, Wiaan Mulder, Rehan Ahmed, Harry Swindells, Tom Scriven, Michael Finan, Callum Parkinson, Matt Salisbury.
Chris Lynn is a great batter (234 runs), but it's good to have a calming presence like Vasconcelos back in the team, as he missed a few games with a wrist injury. Lynn has scored well, but Vasconcelos is the pin holding everything together with 301 runs. Zaib's consistency is all over the place, but he can be useful at times with 238.
Given that Freddie Heldreich is unquestionably their top bowler and has impressive numbers of 16/250 for the season, Northamptonshire is relying heavily on him to keep them in games. As he took 4/27 against a strong team like Birmingham, it is also not by accident, but the skill is evidently there.
With 16 wickets so far, Australian fast bowler Andrew Tye is effective, but his 9.44 ER does not thrill us since he's still allowing too many runs.
Northamptonshire Playing 11
Emilio Gay, Ricardo Vasconcelos, Chris Lynn, Saif Zaib, David Willey, Justin Broad, Lewis McManus, Tom Taylor, Andrew Tye, Ben Sanderson, Freddie Heldreich.
LEI vs NOR Toss Prediction
If winning the toss, captains prefer to bowl first, as this has resulted in 28/54 wins. Northamptonshire would give themselves a bigger shot at victory if bowling first.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
Pitch and Conditions
In the first innings, the Grace Road pitch traditionally favours bowlers, as the new ball swings ferociously off the surface. The pitch might slow down a little bit later in the game since the outfield isn't as fast as other locations.
LEI vs NOR Betting Tips
As there’s no chance for Leicestershire, we’ll go with Northamptonshire purely because of the solid batters like Vasconcelos and Lynn, as well as Tye and Heldreich’s impressive bowling. Northamptonshire still has a lot to play for in the T20 Blast and won’t be giving up just yet, so the desire is certainly present.
The 10Cric odds won’t be amazing for a team that's the favourite, but bet on Northamptonshire to win.
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Heldreich has better odds than Tye or Taylor, and Heldreich has been the top bowler for Northamptonshire for a long time. Tye has 17 wickets, while Heldreich has 16, but this could easily change in one game. Heldreich's ER is 8.73 and he's great at getting consistent wickets. His highest this season is 4/27.
Each team only had 4 sixes in their last game, so there's a good chance it'll happen again. Vasconcelos isn't known as a big hitter, and Patel only occasionally goes for the fences. It may come down to whether or not Lynn has a big game. It's a fairly safe bet to choose the 'under' here.
Zaib recently made 70* and is the third-highest scorer on the team with 263 runs. He isn't too far behind Vasconcelos or Lynn, and his odds are far better to give you a solid money return. It's a good chance to make this bet now.