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Durston demolishes Foxes

Wes Durston hit a brilliant 83 as Derbyshire Falcons clinched their second successive Friends Life t20 victory, beating Leicestershire Foxes by 24 runs at Grace Road.

Chasing a target of 174, the Foxes self-destructed, losing eight wickets for 52 runs to collapse from 97 for two to 149 all out in 18.2 overs.

Josh Cobb hit 47 off 26 balls, with six fours and a six, to give Leicestershire a flying start to their chase, the opener dominating an opening stand of 54 in six overs with Niall O'Brien.

Even when O'Brien was bowled, trying to sweep Dan Redfern, the Foxes still looked on course at 87 for two. But a breathtaking catch at cover by David Wainwright to dismiss Bangladesh star Shakib Al Hasan off Albie Morkel proved the turning point.

Although Australian Joe Burns made 36 off 25 balls, hitting three fours and two sixes, he found little support from the rest of the side with wickets falling in clusters.

In addition to his brilliant airborne catch, Wainwright claimed 3-24 in four overs, while Redfern and Morkel picked up two each.

Put into bat Derbyshire posted 173 for three, Durston leading the way with 83 off 62 balls. He shared an opening stand of 48 with Chesney Hughes and then a second-wicket partnership of 94 with Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

Durston paced his innings superbly, hitting five fours and three sixes before finally being dismissed in the 20th over with a yorker from Robbie Williams.

Hughes and Chanderpaul kept the Falcons innings ticking over with 34 and 38 but the Foxes restricted them to 40 runs off the last five overs and would have fancied their chances of chasing down 174.

Instead they slumped to a second defeat in 24 hours and now have a lot to do to qualify for the knock-out stages of a competition they have won three times.

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