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