Bat’s the way to go but be wary of the bowl­ing at­tack as well

The Cricket Paper - - NORTH PREVIEW - By Matt Wright

PACE­MAN Clint McKay be­lieves Le­ices­ter­shire’s bats­men can al­low them to make an im­pact in this year’s One-Day Cup, with their cam­paign get­ting un­der­way against Lan­cashire to­day.

The meet­ing at Old Traf­ford brings to­gether a pair of sides that didn’t have the best of sea­son’s last time round, fin­ish­ing as the bot­tom two in the North Group, al­though the Foxes can count them­selves un­lucky in that three of their matches were aban­doned.

After open­ing their County Cham­pi­onship sea­son with two heavy de­feats, Le­ices­ter­shire at least re­stored some pride be­fore this game with an im­proved dis­play in their draw against Glam­or­gan.

This in­cluded an un­beaten cen­tury by Mark Pet­tini in the sec­ond in­nings, while Harry Dear­den and Ned Eck­er­s­ley were also among the runs.

McKay said: “Our bat­ting can be our strength, par­tic­u­larly at the top with Cameron Del­port, who’s got a lot of power, can get us off to great starts.

“Mark Pet­tini has been around for years and years and he still gets the job done, so our bat­ting is quite strong, but we’ve also got two ex­cit­ing prospects in the bowl­ing stocks in Zak Chap­pell and Gavin Grif­fiths.

“We’ve got quite a good well-rounded side and we’re look­ing for­ward to get­ting out there and show­cas­ing our skills and how good we ac­tu­ally are as a team.”

McKay also had plenty of praise for the way Lan­cashire have im­proved their bat­ting in the last cou­ple of years, with Liam Liv­ing­stone in par­tic­u­lar com­ing on in leaps and bounds.

“They’ve got some very dan­ger­ous play­ers,” McKay added. “They’ve got some big hit­ters of the ball but also some good play­ers of spin who can ma­nip­u­late the ball around the field.

“They’re a very tal­ented side, as we know, but we’re look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge of get­ting out there and hope­fully com­ing out on top. It’s a great chal­lenge for us and we’re up for it.”

Un­der­dogs? Clint McKay will spear­head Le­ices­ter­shire’s at­tack hav­ing done the same for Sydney Thun­der

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