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Virtual Cricket: County Championship Fantasy Cricket Tips and Match Predictions - Derbyshire v Leicestershire

Luis Reece (Derbyshire)
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The round two of the Virtual County Championship between Derbyshire and Leicestershire is being held by Cricket World and Dice Cricket to help the fans stay tuned to cricketing action from the comforts of their home amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

Derbyshire did not have the best of seasons last year and finished at the the seventh place in division 2 with 4 wins and 6 losses from 14 matches, with 145 points. After a certain point in division two, if you finish lower than say the fifth spot, it is not a very hopeful place to be and Derbyshire would do well to come out of the bottom half of division two as soon as possible.

They will take on Leicestershire who had an even grimmer outing in the last season with just one win from their 14 games. The team lost 6 while drawing the other 7 games. They finished with 107 points right at the bottom of the table.

Leicestershire opener Hassan Azad though did not allow the team's poor form to affect his game as he devised the method of staying put at the wicket. Although his strike rate was just 41.57, it was effective for him as he amassed 1189 runs at an average of close to 55.

Chris Wright was the top wicket-taker for the team last year with 47 wickets from 14 games with the best of 5 for 30 and will be the bowler that Leicestershire will look towards alongside Dieter Mike and Will Davis.

Top order batsmen Billy Godleman, Luis Reece and Wayne Madsen were the top three run scorers for Derbyshire last year and continue to be the hope of the county.

On the bowling front, the team has more than decent pace bowlers in Ravi Rampaul and Sean Abbott who should do the job for them. Luis Reece was also in good rhythm last season and picked up 52 wickets from 14 matches at an average of under 20.

Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:

Leicestershire - Hassan Azad, Paul Horton, Harry Dearden, Mark Cosgrove, Colin Ackerman, Lewis Hill, Tom Taylor, Dieter Klein, Dieter Mike, Chris Wright, Will Davis

Derbyshire - Billy Godleman, Luis Reece, Wayne Madsen, Leus du Plooy, Alex Hughes, Matthew Critchley, Harvey Hosein, Fynn Hudson-Prentice, Tony Palladino, Ravi Rampaul, Sean Abbott

 

 Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay

Who will win the toss? - Leicestershire

Who will win? – Derbyshire

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Billy Godleman (Derbyshire), Hassan Azad (Leicestershire)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Ravi Rampaul (Derbyshire), Chris Wright (Leicestershire)

Most Sixes – Billy Godleman (Derbyshire), Paul Horton (Leicestershire)

Man of the Match –  Ravi Rampaul

Team Scores Batting first – Derbyshire 350+, Leicestershire 300+

 Match Handicap Derbyshire

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