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Abdul Razzaq & Andrew McDonald

Abdul Razzaq and Andrew McDonald made 40 and 62 respectively to set up the Foxes' successful pursuit of 161 to beat Derbyshire

Andrew McDonald hit 62 off 45 balls and Abdul Razzaq 40 from 25 before a James Taylor cameo completed Leicestershire's Friends Life t20 victory over Derbyshire.

Taylor's unbeatean 15 from seven balls, which included an overhead scoop for six off seamer Steffan Jones, saw them to a target of 161 with five wickets in hand and five balls to spare.

Derbyshire's total of 160 for four was based on 44 from Kiwi Martin Guptill, who lost Wes Durston in the second over when he chopped on off Harry Gurney.

Guptill was on 10 when he drove Razzaq to mid-off, but Matthew Hoggard misjudged the catch and the ball went through his hands to the boundary.

The Leicestershire skipper had plenty of time to reflect on his mistake as Guptill batted for another 11 overs and, with Chesney Hughes and Wayne Madsen, laid the platform for a late onslaught.

Hughes had scored 22 off 20 balls when he was stumped charging Claude Henderson, and Madsen’s 28 from 26 balls included a scooped sweep for six off McDonald.

Guptill hit six fours in his 43-ball innings before he pulled Hoggard to deep midwicket in the 16th over - and Madsen went in the next when he miscued a pull off Wayne White.

With three overs left, Derbyshire were still short of a competitive total but Garry Park and Ross Whiteley plundered 44 from the last 23 balls.

Whiteley drove White over extra-cover for six and the pair ran hard between the wickets to set a challenging target which looked even better when Tim Groenewald yorked Josh Cobb with the fourth ball of the Foxes reply.

Guptill plunged full-length at deep midwicket to send back Jacques du Toit in the fifth over but McDonald kept Leicestershire in the hunt, reaching his fifty by cutting Hughes for his sixth four.

McDonald’s excellent innings ended when he drove back a return catch in the 16th over, and Razzaq smashed two big sixes before he was bowled by Jon Clare.

However, Taylor silenced the home fans when he drove Jones to the cover boundary and then flipped a full toss over the wicketkeeper for six, leaving White to strike the winning blow against his former county.

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