Taylor sets up Foxes win
Yorkshire Carnegie's run of three consecutive Friends Provident t20 victories was ended as James Taylor inspired Leicestershire Foxes to a six-run victory at a scorching Headingley.
Nathan Buck followed up another sensational innings from Taylor, who hit three fours and four sixes en route a swashbuckling unbeaten 28-ball 62, by taking three quick wickets in the hosts' reply.
Although Yorkshire never quite recovered from 19-year-old Buck accounting for Adam Lyth, Herschelle Gibbs and Anthony McGrath early on, the result was in doubt until the final ball which Richard Pyrah needed to hit for six to tie the match.
It was delivered by Leicestershire captain and former Yorkshire and England paceman Matthew Hoggard, and Pyrah lashed it high towards cow corner where it was calmly held by James Benning as Yorkshire ended on 169 for eight as they chased a 176 target.
Buck’s second ball was looped by Lyth to Wayne White at cover and his sixth dismissed Gibbs, the South African lbw attempting to sweep.
It was not long before he had McGrath, who was also trapped in front by one which nipped back, the young fast bowler finishing with 3-20 in only his third match in the competition.
Andrew Gale and Jacques Rudolph put on 53 for the fourth wicket to steady the ship but Rudolph was then lbw to Benning and it became 88 for five when Gale was run-out, perhaps unfortunately, for 52 from 39 deliveries with five fours and a six.
White hit the stumps with a direct hit but replays suggested that the bowler, Claude Henderson, may have first disturbed a bail.
An enterprising knock from Jonny Bairstow renewed Yorkshire's hope, and Ajmal Shahzad, released from the England one-day squad, cracked two consecutive sixes off Josh Cobb.
In his solitary over, Cobb first got rid of Bairstow before Shahzad holed out to Taylor on the boundary edge.
Winning the toss, Leicestershire were given an encouraging start when Brad Hodge and Benning added 55 together by the ninth over before Adil Rashid struck with the first of his four wickets which came at a cost of only 20 runs.
He owed his first success to the athleticism of Lyth who caught Hodge’s towering hit on the long-off boundary.
Before his momentum took him over the line, Lyth tossed the ball into the air and caught it again when he came back inside the rope.
Will Jefferson belted Rashid for six in the leg-spinner’s next over but then immediately fell lbw sweeping and the bowler signed off with two wickets in his final over as Benning was bowled for 41 and Paul Nixon trapped in front.
Taylor quickly retrieved the situation for Leicestershire and he was particularly effective moving well outside his off-stump to hit to leg.
He took consecutive boundaries off Tino Best and hooked and cut Shahzad for two sixes in one over before thrashing Steve Patterson for two sixes and a four in an over which cost 21.
He was given solid support by White whose contribution to an unbroken 81 stand was 23 from 19 balls with a four and a six.