lancashire 139 for 3 (Craft 45) beat Leicestershire 135 (Hill 50) by seven wickets
Unbeaten North group leaders Lancashire Lightning recorded five out of six wins beating the Leicestershire Foxes, who lost all three home Vitality Blast fixtures, yet won three of four on the road.
The combination of competitively priced tickets and away wins over Yorkshire, Birmingham Bears and Worcestershire by Fox drew a full home draw of nearly 5,000 at Uptonsteel County Ground, but it was an unexpected night for most of them.
After a couple of heavy rains during the Lightning innings, the wet ball was of no help to the Fox bowlers, though they struggled to defend such low scores even in the right conditions against a strong batting line-up like Lancashire. would have fallen.
Croft, who looked set for his first half-century of the season, was run out after a suicidal call for a second run by captain Dane Vilas but needed only 36 more off 46 balls, the result ever in serious doubt. was not.
Tim David, who had lost his off-stump to Ben Mike in swing on a free hit for 19, won the competition with a six off Naveen, who had 24 off 17 balls.
Hamish Rutherford’s disappointing debut season for Fox continued with a second-ball duck as he punched a straight fielder to Richard Gleason at short third man, leaving the New Zealand opener just 51 runs in seven innings.
Otherwise, it was a satisfying powerplay for the Leicestershire Foxes, for whom Hill was gainfully innovative. Aaron Lillee’s first scoring shot against his former county hit off-spinner Livingstone for a six.
Hill hit a six as Gleason’s second over went for 14, while Fox scored 54 for two for six, with Scott Steele inflicting the second casualty when he went straight to mid-off. Hill and Lillee added 41 and Fox made 78 for two and was later caught at long-on in the 11th.
But Lightning’s spinners successfully applied the brakes and claimed five wickets as Fox posted 125 for seven, two for Matt Parkinson, who dismissed Rehan Ahmed through a catch at long-on when the youngster took him over cover. Had clubbed for six, two left. -Arm spinner Tom Hartley, who dismissed Rishi Patel and Mike in successive overs, and one for David, who took low return catches after Hill completed his first half-century of the season.
Callum Parkinson was leg before a slow delivery from Danny Lamb, Naveen was run out with a direct hit from cover and Colin Ackerman was caught at mid-wicket for 25 as Fox’s innings ended after a ball from the 20th over.
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