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James Taylor

James Taylor struck just four fours, but his unbeaten 81 occupied only 76 balls and carried Leicestershire to an imposing 253 for four

James Taylor’s unbeaten 81 and a limited-overs best of 61 from Josh Cobb helped Leicestershire to a comfortable 32-run victory over Scotland in the Clydesdale Bank 40 at Grace Road.

Beaten by Northamptonshire yesterday, Leicestershire were also grateful for useful contributions from Jacques du Toit and Paul Nixon, who made 39 and 45 respectively in an imposing 253 for four after being asked to bat.

The loss of two early wickets put the Saltires on the back foot and, despite a battling 50 from Ewan Chalmers, they could manage only 221 for nine as they slipped to a second defeat in 24 hours.

Cobb and du Toit gave the Foxes the ideal start with an opening stand of 88 in 14 overs, with the Scotland bowlers failing to find the right line or length.

Both players cashed in with some well-struck boundaries, but the stand was broken when du Toit hit a Gordon Drummond full toss to Preston Mommsen at long-on.

Cobb continued to bat well, reaching his maiden half-century in one-day cricket off 46 balls with eight fours before also holing out at long-on off Drummond.

But Taylor continued his fine start to the season with another splendid innings, sharing a third-wicket stand of 74 in 14 overs with veteran Nixon.

Taylor was not at his sparkling best, but kept the scoreboard moving with some clever placement as he and Nixon kept the Foxes in command.

Taylor reached his fifty off 55 balls before Nixon fell within sight of a half-century of his own, again caught at long-on, this time off Josh Davey.

Davey also claimed the wicket of 17-year-old Shiv Thakor for 13 late on to give him figures of 2-55, but Taylor finished unbeaten, having faced 76 balls and hit just four fours.

Scotland were never really in the hunt for the target as Leicestershire's seamers struck some early blows and only Chalmers offered any real resistance with a half-century off 67 balls.

The next highest scorer was captain Drummond, who followed up his 2-52 return by making 25 before he was ninth out off Wayne White.

Nadeem Malik finished with 3-44 and captain Matthew Hoggard 2-38 as Leicestershire eased home.