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Worcestershire CCC - 2019 Season
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The One-Day Cup campaign resumes tomorrow with Worcestershire hopping over to the familiar surroundings of Grace Road again. Hosts Leicestershire have had the worst possible start to the white-ball season with two defeats in two, and a third defeat on the trot would all but finish off their chances in the competition. It's been a tale of batting woe for the Foxes this week, with Tom Taylor the only man to make a half-century for them, and too many of the top-order players falling cheaply. Key men Cosgrove and Ackermann have made a grand total of just 64 and 28 runs respectively across the two games, while skipper Paul Horton has fared no better with 37, and even ex-Lancashire recruit Arron Lilley has only contributed a paltry 32. Bat first and pile the scoreboard pressure on, and there's every chance that the home side may crumble.

That said, this is the first time the Foxes have enjoyed home advantage so far, which may aid them in delivering an improved performance. Tom Taylor leads the side in wickets taken - albeit with just three - while Dieter Klein, introduced against Durham, delivered two, as well as a handy innings of 46 with the bat. Aadil Ali was dropped to make room for the South African, but it will be interesting to see whether they can find a place for him again as he came just short of making a century against the Pears in the corresponding fixture two years ago.

For Worcestershire there's no real reason to change a side that's won two on the bounce, especially with the first one-dayer being such a comprehensive victory. The news that Dillon Pennington has suffered an ankle ligament injury that will keep him out for two months narrows the available options anyway, and it'll no doubt be a disappointment to the youngster that he won't be appearing in this year's competition, having made his debut in last year's cup. But as long as Wessels and Rutherford can make the runs, this should be an enjoyable encounter.

Probable Worcestershire XI: Wessels, Rutherford, Fell, Mitchell, D'Oliveira, Cox, Whiteley, Barnard, Parnell, Tongue, Morris

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