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Gale and Rudolph hunt down Foxes

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Jacques Rudolph

Jacques Rudolph was Yorkshire Carnegie's only batsman to fall, for a rapid 53, as his side romped to victory over Leicestershire Foxes

Openers Andrew Gale and Jacques Rudolph hit half-centuries as Yorkshire Carnegie raced to a crushing nine-wicket win over Leicestershire Foxes in their Friends Provident t20 clash at Grace Road.

Having restricted Leicestershire to 148 for eight, Yorkshire knocked off the runs with 17 balls to spare to claim their third win in the competition and send the Foxes to their fourth defeat and their third in a row at home.

Yorkshire captain Gale hammered an unbeaten 65 off 42 balls, featuring 10 fours, while South African Rudolph slammed 53 off 37 balls, with two sixes and four fours.

The two of them put the game beyond the Foxes' reach with an opening stand of 103 in 12 overs, setting the tempo by scoring 64 off the six powerplay overs.

It was a blistering exhibition of strokeplay against some mediocre bowling from the home side.

Rudolph, having already hit left-arm spinner Claude Henderson for a maximum, repeated the dose to reach his fifty off 34 balls before finally falling to a leg-side stumping by Paul Nixon off James Benning.

But that brought in Herschelle Gibbs, who joined Gale in another free-scoring partnership that took Yorkshire to victory with time to spare.

Gale, having reached fifty off 34 balls with seven boundaries, hit the winning runs with a cut to the rope off Wayne White, while Gibbs contributed a quickfire 29 that included a trademark six off Jigar Naik plus four fours.

It was a comfortable victory for the visitors, who had bowled tidily after Leicestershire had won the toss.

Only Brad Hodge, with 43, his best score of the competition so far, and James Taylor, who hit a sparkling 60 off 42 balls, provided any real resistance as the Foxes lost four wickets in the final two overs of the innings, scoring just eight runs.

Tino Best claimed 2-26 and Richard Pyrah took 2-19 as the Yorkshire attack kept a firm grip on the match.

There was also an impressive four-over spell from Tim Bresnan, who finished with 1-21 to confirm his readiness to join up with the England one-day squad for the NatWest Series against Australia.

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