Foxes beaten in run-fest

RESULT | Leicestershire Foxes 259 lost to Nottinghamshire Outlaws 433 for seven by 87 runs on the DLS method

SCORECARD | Available from Cricinfo HERE

POINTS | Nottinghamshire Outlaws 2 points, Leicestershire Foxes 0 points

REACTION | Leicestershire CCC Head Coach Paul Nixon spoke to Foxes TV at the end of the game. The interview is available HERE

REPORT | There were runs aplenty as Notts Outlaws beat Leicestershire Foxes by 87 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis/Stern (DLS) method in the Royal London One-Day Cup at Trent Bridge.

Each of the home side’s top six posted half-centuries as the Outlaws put a score of 433 for seven on the board, their highest List A total against the Foxes.

Foxes openers Harry Dearden and Mark Cosgrove (59, 43b) got the chase off to a flyer, but after a break for rain, the required rate became even higher and the Foxes had little choice but to go for broke.

The Foxes came off at 152 for two from 21.5 overs and were set a revised 347 from 37, therefore requiring a further 195 runs from 91 deliveries.

It was the stiffest of targets, but the Foxes gave it their best shot with Dearden posting a superb 74 (70b) and Paul Horton (36, 26b), Lewis Hill (21, 10b) and Callum Parkinson (24, 20b) also batting well in a total of 259.

The Foxes were bowling first and had a tough start to the game, as the opening partnership of Chris Nash and Joe Clarke for the Outlaws found their groove quickly.

While Nash predominantly scored through the off-side, Clarke was strong playing off his pads and also driving down the ground.

A fifth of the way through the innings saw the Outlaws establish a solid foundation as the opening partnership had reached 82 without loss.

With the bowling attack having consisted purely of seam, and with the run rate over eight, the Foxes may have started to think about introducing some spin, especially with Colin Ackermann having a great season with the ball.

It took just under an hour of play and 13 overs for the Foxes to claim their first wicket. Chris Wright claimed the first scalp of the game as Gavin Griffiths caught superbly from Clarke (55, 44b, 9x4, 1x6). The opener had just made his half-century as part of an alliance worth 108.

Ackermann took just three overs to make an impact after Paul Horton decided to add the off-spinner to the bowling attack.

From Ackermann’s bowling, the other opener, Nash (56, 53b, 6x4, 2x6), was caught at square leg by Mark Cosgrove, who did not need to move a muscle. Notts Outlaws now sat at 148-2 after 20 overs.

Ben Duckett was in great touch, and was particularly savage on spin early on. The left-hander produced a couple of reverse-sweeps and then sat back in his crease to strike either side of the wicket.

Duckett struck 86 (61b, 12x4, 1x6), seemed on-course for a century and possibly the highest one-day score for a Notts player against the Foxes, a record set by Stephen Fleming (107) at Oakham School in 2007.

However, he was comfortably caught behind by Lewis Hill after attempting a dink over the wicket-keeper - a shot he attempted only a matter of balls earlier  - with the Outlaws now at 249-3 from 33 overs played.

Left arm seamer Dieter Klein claimed his first wicket in the 37th over. Jake Libby (66, 52b, 3x4, 3x6), who hit three maximums through the leg-side, was caught at long-off by Tom Taylor with the Outlaws at 294 for four.

Gavin Griffiths followed Klein in getting his first wicket of the match, which was followed quickly by a second.

Wicket-keeper Tom Moores (50, 31b, 4x4, 3x6) added more quickfire runs before smashing his shot straight up in to the air and Griffiths was underneath it for a simple return catch for his first. Luke Fletcher (0, 1b) was then caught behind by Hill.

Griffiths soon had his third wicket of the game as Outlaws captain Steven Mullaney (81, 41b, 10x4, 3x6) smashed a delivery down to long-on and was caught on the boundary by Arron Lilley.

Mullaney, who hit the ball cleanly down the ground and also favoured the backward point and mid-wicket regions, was the fastest scorer of the innings.

The Foxes came out to open their innings at the crease, with left-handed duo Dearden and Mark Cosgrove paired together.

They started off well. Cosgrove got the boundaries underway, smashing a six over the rope at long-on and into the stand, and Dearden collected a number of fours after - his first coming with a smart shot played towards square-leg and over the rope with one bounce.

After 10 overs, the Foxes were sat on 81 without loss, shy of the Outlaws 10-over run score by only a single run, and ahead on DLS.

Soon after, the Foxes brought up their 100 with three consecutive boundaries from Cosgrove, taking them to 104 for none.

Just before, Cosgrove brought up his half-century from 38 balls (6x4, 1x6), but was then trapped lbw to Pattinson at 59.

Cosgrove made way for the in-form Ackermann, who was looking for a third century in as many innings.

He gathered two boundaries and was bowled by a slower ball from Mullaney after making 13 (17b). The Foxes were 123 for two as the captain – who normally opens up the batting with Dearden – now mad his way out to the crease at number four.

Dearden soon brought up his half-century after 51 balls (4x4). Rain stopped play in the 22nd over as the Foxes sat on 152-2, and after a 55-minute break of play, the Foxes now needed more than two runs per ball.

With a different outlook on the remainder of the game now, Horton and Dearden had to come out swinging.

Horton came out and collected a boundary, as did Dearden, before the Bury-born batsman was caught at point. Hill replaced Dearden and the Foxes were at 169 for three.

A tough challenge was growing ever harder with the dismissal of Horton (36, 26b) and Arron Lilley (0), being run out by Pattinson and bowled by Patel respectively.

Leicestershire Foxes quickly found themselves at 210 for five, and Tom Taylor accompanied Lewis Hill at the crease.

The wickets of Taylor (8, 5b), Klein (2, 2b) and Hill all fell in the same over with Fletcher claiming his first three wickets of the game.

The Foxes were now at 225 for for eight. Wright (8, 6b), was bowled by Matt Carter, while Parkinson played some wonderful shots towards the end of the innings. They were all in vain though as the Outlaws collected the two points.

Leicestershire Foxes are next in action against Lancashire Lighting at Emirates Old Trafford on Sunday (11am start).

TEAM | Horton (capt), Dearden, Cosgrove, Ackermann, Hill (wk), Lilley, Taylor, Parkinson, Klein, Wright, Griffiths.

FIGURES | Taylor 10-0-74-1, Klein 9-0-93-1, Wright 10-0-73-1, Griffiths 10-0-92-3, Ackermann 7-0-51-1, Parkinson 3-0-31-0, Lilley 1-0-14-0.

Outlaws | Nash, Clarke, Duckett, Libby, Mullaney (capt), Moores (wk), Patel, Fletcher, Pattinson, Chappell, Carter.

IMAGES | Thanks to John Mallett of Outside Off for providing the images throughout the game.