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Foxes next up for table-topping Lightning

Lancashire Lightning will be out to consolidate their position at the top of the NatWest T20 Blast North Group when they take on a Leicestershire Foxes outfit aiming to keep their campaign alive.

Lancashire's 50-run victory over Worcestershire Rapids on Sunday will be remembered for Andrew Flintoff's comeback and the former England all-rounder will be a star attraction at Grace Road on Friday night.

He took 2-36 in four overs and his presence gives the Lightning an extra dimension as they close in on the quarter-finals.

Key to Lancashire's rise to the North Group summit has been Tom Smith, whose battle with fellow dangerman Josh Cobb will be one to watch. 

Smith is the Lightning's leading run-scorer in this season's competition, while Foxes captain Cobb is behind only Greg Smith in the Leicestershire list.

The Lancashire man has hit more fours but Cobb has smashed twice as many sixes and taken six wickets to Smith's two.

Both men will look to set the tone at the top of the innings and lay the platform for power hitters down the order like Scott Styris and Jos Buttler.

NatWest T20 Blast fact

* Lancashire Lightning are unbeaten in their last six Twenty20 matches against Leicestershire Foxes, winning four and tying two – two of the last six ties in English T20s have been between these teams. 

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