Leicestershire must replicate T20 form

April 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm 1 comment

Leicestershire will have two main ambitions for the 2012 season: to repeat their Friends Life T20 victory of last year and put in a much-improved showing in the LV County Championship Division Two.

The county finished rock-bottom of Division Two in a disastrous season in the longer form of the game, and much more is expected of Matthew Hoggard’s men going into the 2012 campaign. Any success going forward will likely improve their standing on the Betfair cricket odds.

They will take much confidence from their successful Friends Life T20 experience but their dismal County Championship was coupled with only finishing second from bottom in their Clydesdale Bank 40 group.

Leicestershire have lost James Taylor and Harry Gurney to Nottinghamshire, while Paul Nixon has retired. Fans will be hoping the additions of Robbie Joseph and Ramnaesh Sarwan can give them a boost.

A couple of big-name departures mean they face a 2012 season with a relatively inexperienced squad, but club captain Hoggard is hoping they can learn from the experience of last year to put in a better showing in 2012.

He told BBC Radio Leicester: “We still have a young squad but it’s exciting times. The bad year we had will stand us in good stead.”

Leicestershire boast a strong bowling attack for 2012, but it is in the batting department where they could be found wanting, especially in the County Championship Division Two.

The addition of Ben Smith as batting coach will be a positive while there will be big things expected of Josh Cobb, who could enjoy a breakout season in the Championship after looking inspired in the one-day games.

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  • 1. Cricket Live Score  |  April 16, 2012 at 5:20 am

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