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Vikings continue momentum

See how Yorkshire Vikings snatched a dramatic win at Grace Road

Yorkshire Vikings stepped up their bid for a place in the Royal London One-Day Cup quarter-finals after they defeated Leicestershire Foxes by three wickets in a rain-affected game at Grace Road.

Chasing a Duckworth/Lewis revised target of 191 off 32 overs, the Vikings reached it with three balls to spare to make it four wins in five games and keep their place at the top of Group A.

Andrew Hodd led them to victory with an unbeaten 69, sharing a game-changing seventh-wicket stand of 62 with England all-rounder Tim Bresnan.

The Foxes posted 236 for eight off 50 overs after being put into bat with Matthew Boyce hitting 74 not out.

Yorkshire then slumped to 27 for two off 11 overs in their reply before the wet weather swept in and forced the players off the field for more than an hour.

If the game had been abandoned at that stage, the Foxes would have won comfortably with Yorkshire well behind the D/L par score. But, with 18 overs lost, the game resumed with the Vikings set a revised target that left them requiring another 164 runs off the remaining 21 overs.

Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals as Yorkshire slipped to 91 for six with 11 overs remaining and the Foxes looked favourites to land their third win of the competition. 

Instead the seventh-wicket stand of 62 off 41 balls between wicketkeeper-batsman Hodd, handed a chance due to Jonny Bairstow’s England Lions call-up, and Bresnan turned the game on its head.

Bresnan struck a belligerent 24 off 19 deliveries and Hodd played magnificently, hitting 10 fours and a six in his 43-ball innings. He should have been out on 41 with the score at 149 but Ben Raine dropped him off Anthony Ireland at long-on.

The Foxes still looked to have a chance of victory when Bresnan holed out off Charlie Shreck but Hodd and Richard Pyrah took Yorkshire home by scoring 32 off 15 deliveries. The latter sealed the win with a superb six off Shiv Thakor.

Leicestershire found it hard going in their innings on a pitch giving help to the bowlers and it needed two late stands to give them a defendable total.

Boyce and Tom Wells put on 54 for the seventh wicket and then Raine joined the former in a stand of 62 for the eighth. Raine hit 43 off 35 balls with five fours and two sixes.

Boyce finished unbeaten on 74 off 94 deliveries as the Foxes scored 118 off the last 20 overs after being 118 for six after 30 overs.

Jack Brooks took 2-26 while Pyrah and Adil Rashid also claimed two wickets apiece.

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