Foxes fall to Lancashire again
Lancashire batted nervelessly to clinch a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over winless reigning champions Leicestershire in a topsy-turvy Friends Life t20 clash at Old Trafford.
Inspired by Glen Chapple and opening batsman Stephen Moore, the Lightning chased down 180 to win with one over to spare and secured their second North Group success in three matches, also recording their highest successful Twenty20 chase at Old Trafford.
Lancashire looked on course for victory as early as the sixth over when they reduced the Foxes to 29 for three thanks to two wickets from the metronomic Chapple, playing only his fifth 20-over match since the end of the 2010 season.
He finished with 2-10 from four overs, the most economical figures by a Lancashire bowler who has bowled their full quota in Twenty20 history.
But the visitors, now without a win in their first four matches, produced a stunning recovery to post 179 for four thanks to some power hitting from Abdul Razzaq, Matthew Boyce and Wayne White.
Razzaq and Boyce shared 92 in 68 balls for the fourth wicket before the latter combined with White to crash an unbroken 58 off just 21 deliveries for the fifth.
Opener Razzaq finished with 61 off 51 balls, Boyce struck 63 not out off 38 and White was unbeaten on 19 from nine.
However, it was still not enough as the Lightning completed the double over their visitors after Friday’s win at Grace Road.
Moore top-scored with 54 off 32 balls, his sixth score of 50 or more in eight limited-overs matches this summer.
Tom Smith added a valuable 42 before Steven Croft and Karl Brown steered their side home with ease.
The pair shared an unbroken 67 in six and a half overs for the third wicket on a fantastic pitch for batting.
Croft finished 41 not out, made from 29 balls, while Brown, who hit the winning runs, contributed 39 off 23.