LL vs LT Dream11 : Clueless Lancashire Thunder continue to scour for their first win in the league with the campaign threatening to come to an early end for them
Six matches, 0 wins and a more than befitting last place. Figures which make for an arduous reading for Lancashire Thunder, a side who find themselves facing a 9 point deficit keeping them away from a spot in the top 4, a margin which sets to increase in magnitude when they square off against Loughborough Lightning today.
For Lancashire Thunder this season of the Super League has been one of unprecedented narratives. Despite heading into the ongoing 2019 edition of the marquee league with one of the most well-rounded and complete bating units, the side have massively underwhelmed, failing to rise to the occasion and show the stomach for a fight across their stay in the league.
Perfectly wrapping up their bludgeoning form was their previous showing against table toppers Western Storm, a match which saw them go down by 5 wickets despite putting on a relatively decent show with the bat. The side were able to string together 159 runs but a lack of wickets at regular intervals saw them lose in the culminating over, seeing their winless run being extended to six clashes, a predicament which threatens to end their sojourn come today.
It exactly this flabbergasting spree of form which Loughborough Lightning will be looking to capitalise on as the third placed side look to reaffirm their spot in the top 4. The 6 wicket win against Yorkshire in their bygone soiree saw them make it three wins in six encounters, veering 3 points clear of Surrey Stars into third place, a position they can make their own with a second win on the bounce.
Pitch Conditions And Toss
One of the tougher wickets to bat on, today’s surface for the closing fixture of the day will be on the sluggish side. The ball will grip on the side, helping the spinners in their travails of picking up wickets, something which could see the side batting second be left in tatters.
This is a surface where the side winning the toss will undoubtedly look to come out and bat first on with anything close to 150 a healthy score to defend.
Probable Playing 11
Kate Cross (c), Alice Dyson, Sophia Dunkley Brown, Tahlia McGrath, Sune Luus, Alex Hartley, Georgie Boyce, Harmanpreet Kaur, Eleanor Threlkeld (wk), Emma Lamb, Sophie Ecclestone
Georgia Elwiss (c), Mignon du Preez, Lucy Higham, Jenny Gunn, Kathryn Bryce, Sarah Glenn, Georgia Adams, Amy Ellen Jones (wk), Kirstie Gordon, Hayley Matthews, Chamari Athapaththu
Match: Lancashire Thunder vs Loughborough Lightning
Date And Time: 20th August, Friday- 11:00pm IST
Top 4 Batting Order
- Sophia Dunkley Brown, Tahlia McGrath, Sune Luus, Harmanpreet Kaur
- Georgia Elwiss, Amy Ellen Jones, Hayley Matthews, Chamari Athapaththu
- Georgie Boyce, Harmanpreet Kaur
- Georgia Elwiss, Hayley Matthews
Death Overs Bowlers
- Emma Lamb, Sophie Ecclestone
- Jenny Gunn, Kirstie Gordon
LL vs LT Dream 11 Picks
Wicket-Keepers for LL vs LT Dream11
Putting on 29 runs in 32 balls to partake in a 49 run opening stand with Hayley Matthews in her side’s 6 wicket win over Yorkshire Diamonds, Amy Jones once again showed why she’s the foundation of this side. It was a knock which acted as the perfect assistance to Matthews clean hitting, one that saw Jones rotate the strike to perfection to hold fort from one end and keep the runs coming by at a healthy rate.
Batswomen for LL vs LT Dream11
A match winning 38 in 22 balls, one that saw her smash her way to the fence five times, including four massive sixes see Mignon du Preez become the first player to enter our side in this facet. An extremely integral part of her side’s middle-order, the South African has shown why she’s held in such reverence, showing fortitude when needed while opening her arms to amass runs under different circumstances.
The second pick was a little trickier but we have decided to opt for the services of Georgia Adams simply due to the skill set she comes bearing as a cruncher of the ball. Elsewhere we finally have our first name form Lancashire Thunder enter our Dream 11 side with Indian Harmanpreet Kaur becoming a pick from the side.
Scoring 50 in 37 balls in the side’s previous clash, Harmanpreet Kaur has been unfortunate to find herself entrapped in a batting order which has failed to provide her any kind of assistance. It was makes her batting performances even more impressive with her waging a lone battle for her side, the only bat who hasn’t been caught up in the conundrum her counterparts find themselves in.
All-Rounders for LL vs LT Dream11
Her 44 run innings the last time around helped spark some chances of revival in the top-order for her side, shining a beacon of light on an area which has massively let down the side this term. Along with getting an over with the ball as well, Tahlia McGrath looks to be a sold selection from the home outfit, seeing us bring in the all-rounder into our side.
We have also opted for Emma Lamb with her 18 runs with the bat and one wicket showing why she’s someone who continues to be the most integral part of her side. Meanwhile form Loughborough Lightning we have Hayley Mathews come in after her exuberant 2-19 with the ball and 24 runs with the bat, a match winning performance which saw her side get past the finishing line with ease.
Captain of her side, Georgia Elwiss comes in as well to complete our segment.
Bowling Order for LL vs LT Dream11
It took her time to find herself amongst the wickets but Sophia Ecclestone’s persistent wicket to wicket bowling and guile and turn has reaped rich rewards for both her and her side across the course of the last few matches. Today’s pitch is going to be one where she’s going to enjoy her time out in the middle and expect her to add to her two wickets from the previous encounter.
Pacer Kate Cross will be her partner for this one while from the visiting side we have gone ahead with Kirstie Gordon after her astute spell of 1-16.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Matthews is our side’s captain for this match while Kaur is the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, their performances in recent time, how the two teams have fared in the cricketing fraternity over the course of the last year, pitch report and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players who are expected to dole out the maximum points.