Statistical Preview: Leicestershire Foxes

Tuesday 23rd April 2019
& News
Written by Tom Skinner

Derbyshire play their first away fixture in the Royal London One-Day Cup competition at near-neighbours Leicestershire in the third of their eight North Group matches.

Heritage Officer, David Griffin, looks at the statistical background to the game.

There have been 59 previously scheduled games between these two sides, with Derbyshire winning 26 of them, Leicestershire 28, with four no result fixtures and one complete abandonment.

Derbyshire have had the upper hand in recent fixtures, winning four and losing one of the last six games, with one ending as no result. That includes the close five-run victory at Derby in May 2018 when Billy Godleman scored 64 and Matt Critchley and Luis Reece took three wickets each in a game reduced to 33 overs by rain.

Derbyshire’s highest score of 298-7 came in the thrilling NatWest Trophy semi-final at Leicester in 1998, when a Dominic Cork-inspired Derbyshire triumphed by three runs in a tense and highly-charged environment in front of a huge crowd at Grace Road.

Leicestershire’s highest score is 301-7 – in the NatWest Trophy second round – at Leicester in 1984, when David Gower scored a magnificent 156 as the hosts triumphed by 120 runs, still Leicestershire’s largest margin of victory by runs against Derbyshire.

Derbyshire’s biggest win by runs came in the Refuge Assurance League at Knypersley in 1990 when they totalled 222-5 in 40 overs before Devon Malcolm and Allan Warner took 7-39 between them to secure a 118 runs victory.

Derbyshire’s biggest margin of victory by wickets is nine – on three occasions, while Leicestershire have won by that margin twice.

Derbyshire’s lowest all-out total was 78 in the John Player League at Leicester in 1978, while Leicestershire made 86 all out in the no result Benson and Hedges Cup fixture at Derby in 2000.

Four Derbyshire batsmen have scored hundreds against Leicestershire, with Chris Rogers’ unbeaten 111 at Derby in 2009 being the highest; while Michael Di Venuto (108 in 2001), Wayne Madsen (105 not out in 2014) and Dean Jones (103 not out in 1996) are the others.

Two Derbyshire batsmen have made nineties against Leicestershire; Neil Broom scored 90 at Derby in 2016 and Alex Hughes hit an undefeated 96 at Leicester in 2017.

Three Derbyshire bowlers have picked up five wickets in an innings with the best analysis being Ian Buxton’s 5-19 at Leicester in 1972. Two left-arm quicks produced the other five-wicket hauls – Kevin Dean taking 5-45 at Derby in 2005 and Mark Footitt 5-59 at Leicester in 2014.

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