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Foxes finish on a high

Leicestershire Foxes closed their Friends Life t20 campaign in style, racing to a 10-wicket win over Yorkshire Vikings with 7.5 overs to spare in a one-sided game at Grace Road.

The Foxes bowled out Yorkshire for 105 in 17.2 overs before Josh Cobb and Greg Smith knocked off the runs without a hitch.

Foxes captain Cobb, who also claimed 3-9 off four overs, struck an unbeaten 52 off 44 balls and clinched victory with a straight six off Will Rhodes. Smith made 39 off 30 with the aid of seven fours.

The massive defeat sentenced the Vikings to bottom spot in the North Group with five points from 10 matches. It was the Foxes’ fourth win but, like Yorkshire, they have failed to make it to the quarter-final stages.

The Vikings’ innings was a feeble affair after they had won the toss. Only opener Alex Lees showed any real resistance, top-scoring with 32, but it summed up his side's day when he was run out in a mix-up with Jack Leaning as they tried to take a quick single off a ball that had been signalled a wide.

The next highest scorers were Adam Lyth and Azeem Rafiq, who both made 12, but there were no partnerships of note as wickets fell in rapid succession.

Cobb, who opened the batting and bowling, did the main damage as his occasional spin picked up Gary Ballance, Leaning and Rhodes.

Shakib Al Hasan took 2-26 and Rob Taylor 2-24 while 20-year-old Tom Wells held on to three catches.

In contrast, the Vikings dropped two chances with Cobb put down by Lyth at cover when he was on 13 and Smith let off by Iain Wardlaw at third man on seven.

They proved costly misses as the Foxes capitalised by taking 34 runs off the eighth and ninth overs, bowled by Moin Ashraf and Rafiq, and strolled to victory.

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