Foxes suffer quarter-final defeat

NatWest T20 Blast Quarter-Final: Glamorgan v Leicestershire Foxes 

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RESULT | Glamorgan beat Leicestershire Foxes by nine wickets

REACTION | Clint McKay spoke to us after the match, the interview is available HERE

REPORT | Glamorgan produced a clinical performance to end Leicestershire Foxes’ NatWest T20 Blast campaign at the quarter-final stage.

The Foxes got off to a decent start after electing to bat but Luke Ronchi’s quickfire 28 (off 18) proved to be the highest score as wickets fell regularly in a total of 123.

Craig Meschede led a disciplined home attack by taking the most wickets and having the best economy rate – he picked up 3 for 17 from a four-over spell where half of the balls were dots.

Captain Clint McKay struck in the first over to give the Foxes hope but the home side's leading run-scorers Colin Ingram (70 not out off 43) - who had earlier bowled well in tandem with Meschede - and Jacques Rudolph (46 not out off 34) guided their side to Finals Day with an unbroken second wicket stand of 121.

Leicestershire Foxes were unchanged from the team that beat Notts Outlaws in their final group game while Glamorgan welcomed David Miller back into their line-up. 

The South Africa international completed a remarkable journey from Potchefstroom to Cardiff to play two games in two different continents in as many days.

Ronchi hit the first four of the game to mid-wicket as ten came off the first over and Cameron Delport cleared mid-on before guiding down to third man to record two consecutive boundaries at the end of the second.

A scythed four was registered by Ronchi but the Foxes lost their first wicket when Delport (10 off 7) was yorked by Merchant de Lange, leaving the team at 28 for 1 after 2.5 overs.

Sixteen runs arrived in the fourth over as Ronchi hit back over Michael Hogan for four and six while Cosgrove pulled to mid-wicket to open his boundary account.

But Graham Wagg struck a big blow by pegging back Ronchi’s leg stump with the fifth ball of the fifth over.

Off-spin was introduced before the end of the powerplay and Colin Ackermann got off the mark with a swept six as the Foxes were still looking in decent shape at 57 for 2.

Medium pacer Meschede and leg-spinner Ingram then caused huge problems as they took 4 for 36 runs between them from the eight overs that followed.

A third wicket fell without further addition to the score as Ackermann (7 off 7) pulled Meschede to Aneurin Donald at deep mid-wicket.

Eckersley steered three boundaries to third man but the Foxes lost another key batsman inbetween as Cosgrove (13 off 11) dragged Meschede on to his wicket.

A combination of Kiran Carlson and Ingram accounted for Aadil (2 off 7), who was looking to get the striker a second run, while Eckersley (25 off 23) carved Meschede to short third man as the all-rounder finished his probing spell. 

Tom Wells (2 off 5) then offered a return catch to Ingram, and although the two frustrating spells came to an end, wickets continued to fall.

de Lange struck Pillans (5 off 5) with a short delivery that trickled on to his stumps while McKay (6 off 9) drove Hogan to Donald at deep extra cover. 

The Foxes were now at 102 for 9 in the 16th over and Callum Parkinson (8* off 9) and Gavin Griffiths (11 off 15) did well in adding 21. They worked the ball around and Griffiths also pulled Hogan for a mighty six before being bowled by Wagg as the innings ended after 19.2 overs.

McKay built on the last pair's good work by claiming a wicket at the end of the first over as Donald (4 off 6) drove straight to Ackermann at mid-off.

Glamorgan struggled to 11 for 1 after three overs but Ingram swept and drove to the fence as ten came off the fourth, and the prolific left-hander then pulled a maximum at the start of the next offering.

Griffiths responded with five dot balls and although Ingram pulled a four in the final over of the powerplay, the hosts had not got ahead of the rate in the powerplay given they were 37 for 1.

Delport nearly struck with his first delivery as Ingram drove toward McKay at short third man but the fielder couldn't hold on as he dived.

The left-hander took advantage by hitting the final ball of the over for six over mid-on and the home side's 50 came up midway through the eighth over.

Rudolph had played the anchor role but upped the ante, gathering a quartet of fours by striking Griffiths through straight mid-wicket, cover and third man, and driving McKay through extra.

Glamorgan moved to 78 for 1 at halfway, requiring 46 to win, and an Ingram pick-up recorded his third six in the 11th over.

The skipper produced a switch hit against Ackermann to pick up his fifth boundary before Ingram moved to 50 from 38 balls (3x4, 3x6).

The left-hander then clouted the final four legitimate deliveries of the game for two sixes and a pair of fours as Glamorgan won with 38 balls to spare.

Leicestershire return to Specsavers County Championship action on Bank Holiday Monday when they travel to face Kent at Canterbury.

Bowling figures for Leicestershire: McKay 3-0-17-1, Aadil 2-0-13-0, Griffiths 2-0-21-0, Pillans 2-0-18-0, Delport 2-0-18-0, Parkinson 1-0-7-0, Ackermann 1-0-9-0, Wells 0.4-0-22-0.

TEAM | Ronchi (wk), Delport, Cosgrove, Ackermann, Eckersley, Aadil, Wells, Pillans, McKay (capt), Parkinson, Griffiths.

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