NOR vs LAN Dream11 : Lancashire Lightning look to continue their stronghold over top spot today when they take on a lacklustre Northamptonshire Steelbacks outfit
The North Group of the Vitality Blast 2019 has been all about Lancashire Lightning. The team have stormed everyone’s castle, losing just one of the 9 matches they have scoured past, seeing the side sit firmly in the echelons of a group they have all but made their own.
And today’s opening match of the day from the dramatic land of the frontier league brings with yet another exemplary opportunity for the side to further extend their dominance on the group. Squaring off against eighth placed Northamptonshire Steelbacks, Lancashire will be quietly confident making a foray into the clash, knowing they are against a side who have failed to come to terms with the vigorous competition in the league.
With just two wins in eight matches, the trenches of the group where the Steelbacks find themselves slumped in is more than justifying for the brand of cricket they have doled out till now. With their previous encounter against Worcestershire Rapids abandoned due to incessant rainfall, the side will be eagerly anticipating a return to the middle today as they look to snap out of the dismal run they find themselves embroiled in.
Elsewhere Lancashire Lighting enter this fixture having tasted their first defeat, a stunning result where they were put down by Birmingham Bears. Heading out in pursuit of the opponent’s 179, Lancashire ended up paying the price of losing wickets in bunches with their top 3 and lower middle-order collapsing shambolically to concede defeat by 15 runs.
NOR vs LAN Probable Playing 11
- Jos Buttler and James Anderson continue to stay unavailable for this encounter and their participation for the rest of the league looks extremely bleak.
Richard Levi, Adam Rossington (WK), Joshua Cobb (C), Alex Wakely, Rob Keogh, Dwaine Pretorius, Faheem Ashraf, Nathan Buck, Ben Sanderson, Graeme White, Matt Coles
Liam Livingstone, Alex Davies, Steven Croft, Glenn Maxwell, Dane Vilas (C), Josh Bohannon, Keaton Jennings, James Faulkner, Saqib Mahmood, Richard Gleeson, Matt Parkinson
Match: Northamptonshire Steelbacks vs Lancashire Lightning
Date And Time: 14th August, Wednesday- 11:00pm IST
Venue: The County Ground, Northampton
Top 4 Batting Order
- Adam Rossington, Alex Wakely, Rob Keogh, Dwaine Pretorius
- Liam Livingstone, Alex Davies, Steven Croft, Glenn Maxwell
- Adam Rossington, Joshua Cobb
- Liam Livingstone, Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner
Death Overs Bowlers
- Ben Sanderson, Graeme White
- Saqib Mahmood, Richard Gleeson, Matt Parkinson
Wicket-Keeper for NOR vs LAN Dream11
It was a tricky pick over here with both the wicket-keepers emulating each other’s showing across the matches contested till now in terms of runs but we have decided to head into this encounter with Dane Vilas from Lancashire Lightning. The side’s captain comes down in the middle-order but given the nature of this wicket, he should get enough overs to come out and open his arms in.
Along with this, we see his side bundling out the opposition, something which will increase his involvement with the gloves as well, getting in important catch and stumping points for us.
Batsmen for NOR vs LAN Dream11
Liam Livingstone from Lancashire is someone who was the first player we wanted to get in our side when we approached our process of crafting out this facet of our side. The opener has not only been a consistent performer with the bat but has been used judiciously with the ball as well. He’s reposed the faith put in him as well, going onto snare 3 wickets the last time around and offers excellent value.
We are also indulging in the services of number 4 bat Rob Keogh for this encounter after his 35 against Birmingham Bears. He came in at a time when his side were reeling at 28-3 and helped resurrect his side’s run chase with a 107 run stand for the third wicket alongside Maxwell owing to his ability to keep his intent in check at the right time.
From the opposition we have only opted for Alex Wakely. The side have a serious dearth of exceptional batsmen and Wakely’s ability to wage a lone battle from one end see him be selected by us.
All-Rounders for NOR vs LAN Dream11
With 79 in 39 balls the previous match, Glen Maxwell’s partnership alongside Keogh was the only reason his side continued to remain in the encounter and take things to the culminating over. He normally comes out to bat at number 4 or 5 for his side and is assured of overs with the ball as well, seeing him hold the perfect identity of an ideal all-rounder.
He’s joined by James Faulkner, a player akin to him while our two man partnership from the Steelbacks comprises of Faheem Ashraf and Dwayne Pretorius.
Bowling Order for NOR vs LAN Dream11
His three wickets in the previous match took his tally to 16 wickets, making him one of the highest wicket takers in the league. Matt Parkinson has been exceptional for Lancashire, using his guile and trickery to extract spin from the most batting friendly of pitches and leave batsmen flummoxed with his massive turn.
He’s accompanied by Richard Gleeson from the side with the pacer having to his name 9 wickets from 6 matches. Elsewhere from Northamptonshire Steelbacks we have opted to indulge in the services of Ben Sanderson after his four wickets in the previous match.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Liam is our side’s captain for this one while Maxwell is chosen as 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.