Statistical Preview: Outlaws V Foxes
Featured News | 20th July 2014
Notts Outlaws welcome Leicestershire Foxes in their last home game of a largely successful NatWest T20 Blast campaign.
The teams have had differing fortunes, the home side now flying high in the North Group whilst the Foxes are second bottom in the table with only Derbyshire Falcons below them.
Last Time They Met
Last time out, the Outlaws made their highest ever T20 total, 220-4 as both Riki Wessels and Samit Patel made quick fire half centuries.
In reply, the Foxes fell just short, reaching 196-5 as Greg Smith completed only the fourth century in the format for the home side.
Leicestershire 205-2 (2009) Grace Road, Leicestershire
Notts 220-4 (2014) Grace Road, Leicestershire
Notts 4-19 S.J Mullaney (2012) Grace Road, Leicestershire
Leicestershire 5-13 A.B McDonald (2010) Trent Bridge
Record wicket partnerships
Notts 119 M.J. Wood & A.D. Brown (2009), Trent Bridge
Leicestershire 121 B.J. Hodge & J.W.A Taylor (2010), Grace Road, Leicestershire
Outlaws To Watch
Riki Wessels remains the man to watch with the bat, already passing the 300 mark for runs in this year’s NatWest T20 Blast campaign. He has amassed 314 with a top score of 95*, his runs coming at an impressive strike rate of 153.92.
Samit Patel, 214 runs, and Outlaws skipper James Taylor, 221 runs, are further members of the batting unit to have had a steady first nine matches.
As for the bowlers, England international Harry Gurney has starred, taking ten wickets at 19.10 and an economy of just under seven runs per over.
Outlaws’ leading wicket taker, Samit Patel with 12, isn’t far behind Gurney in terms of average (19.75) or economy (7.18) either.
Foxes To Watch
Greg Smith, who scored 102 in the return match, is the Foxes’ leading run scorer during the campaign, scoring 389 runs at an average of 38.90.
Josh Cobb is the only other travelling player to have scored over 300 runs, amassing 351 at an average of 31.90 and strike rate of 136.57.
The bowling department has been led by Anthony Ireland who has taken 17 wickets at an average of just 17.29 including a best of 5-22.
Ben Raine, 14 wickets at 16, and Jigar Naik, 12 wickets at 24.50, are further Foxes bowlers to prosper so far this season.