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Red Rose pile misery on Foxes

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Lancashire sent defending champions Leicestershire sliding to their second successive defeat in the Friends Life t20 with an 11-run North Group victory at Grace Road.

The visitors posted 154 for six after a delayed start, due to rain, with Stephen Moore hitting a half-century off 38 balls.

But, despite a quickfire 36 from Abdul Razzaq, the Foxes could only manage 143 for eight in reply as Glen Chapple, Yasir Arafat and Steven Parry claimed two wickets each.

The Foxes made a poor start to the run chase, scoring only 10 runs in the first three overs and then losing the wicket of Ramnaresh Sarwan - caught behind off Chapple.

Jacques du Toit also fell cheaply and, although Josh Cobb hit 32 off 26 balls before holing out to long-on, the Foxes were behind the required run-rate.

Greg Smith trod on his stumps trying to leg glance and Rob Taylor top-edged to cover as the wickets continued to tumble.

Stephen Moore

Stephen Moore continues his fine limited-overs form with a fifty that gave Lancashire a first Friends Life t20 victory of the season

Razzaq and Matthew Boyce then injected some life into the innings, with the former clubbing two sixes - only to then be caught at long-off.

Boyce was out for 26 off 22 balls and the Foxes needed 20 off the last over to win - though they could manage only eight.

After rain delayed the start by half an hour, home captain Matthew Hoggard had no hesitation in fielding first when he won the toss.

It paid quick dividends, Hoggard bowling the dangerous Tom Smith with a delivery that just clipped the off-bail.

And when Steven Croft carved a catch to Wayne White at point off Taylor with the total 28, the Foxes looked in control.

However, a stand of 78 in eight overs between Moore and Karl Brown put Lancashire back on track - with the former posting his fifth half-century in seven limited-overs innings this season; he reached it having hit four fours plus a massive six off Taylor.

White got rid of him, though, as Taylor held a steepling catch.

Brown, having made 24 off 26 balls, spooned up an easy chance to square-leg, giving White a second wicket. Two brilliant catches in the deep by du Toit and Boyce then took care of Paul Horton and Gareth Cross, who were attempting big shots against Razzaq.

A brisk unbeaten 20 from Yasir Arafat helped Lightning past 150 and, in the end, it was enough to give the visitors their first points of the campaign.

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