We finally have the top six teams in the Royal London One Day Cup after a protracted, bitterly contested battle that lasted for around a month. Hampshire and Sussex, the top two teams from each group, have already advanced to the semifinals, thus there is now competition among the four remaining teams to advance to the next stage.

Leicestershire and Kent will square off in the tournament’s second quarterfinal, with the winner meeting Hampshire in the first semifinal at Southampton. However, this quarterfinal game will take place at Leicester’s County Ground on Friday, August 26, 2022.


Leicestershire wasn’t exactly the favourite to advance to the next stage, but now that they have, they would be aware that they are only a few steps away from winning the competition. They have performed much above their weight in the tournament thus far, and they will be confident in their ability to advance further.

With six victories from eight games, they took second place in the Group A points standings at the conclusion of the league campaign. Additionally, they had a net run-rate of 0.039, which is irrelevant at this point.

Leicestershire enters this game with some strong momentum after winning four of their previous five games. They most recently overcame Durham in a game that shouldn’t have been close. Having said that, that undoubtedly would have increased their confidence.

With a slight over-reliance on Wiaan Mulder, Leicestershire’s side appears to be fairly balanced on paper. Mulder has been in decent form lately, which is a plus, and he’ll be looking for a huge one in this game. Leicestershire has all the necessary experience, both with the bat and the ball, accessible at all times. They should easily advance to the next round if they can perform at their best in this game.


Over the years, Kent has been one of the most reliable teams in England’s domestic framework, and their performances also speak for themselves. They have recently failed to win a trophy, thus they will be eager to seize this opportunity in the Royal London One Day Cup.

With nine points and a very subpar net run-rate of -0.818, they just just made it through to the quarterfinals. They had a somewhat erratic season overall, which was also demonstrated by the fact that they had the lowest net run rate of any team in their division when it was all said and done.

As the competition went on, Kent undoubtedly got better, and they did a great job of qualifying by winning three of their final four games. In their most recent game, which they won against Lancashire, they executed a flawless chase, surpassing the 295 run total with a few wickets left on the penultimate ball of the game.

They have much-needed experience thanks to players like Alex Blakes, Darren Stevens, Joe Denly, and Ben Compton, which could be helpful in this pressure-filled contest. Leicestershire will have their work cut out for them if Kent’s top order provides a better contribution.


There is no better reason to win this match than the chance to advance to the semifinals. Both teams will exert every effort possible because they understand that a victory brings them one step closer to the championship. There isn’t much separating the two sides, given their recent performances. However, Leicestershire does appear a little ahead on paper. They also have the advantage of playing at home, which may be a significant influence in games under pressure. We would bet on a Leicestershire victory because of those and the other previously mentioned elements, and you ought to do the same.

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