Foxes suffer nine-wicket setback at Lancs

RESULT | Leicestershire Foxes 80 lost to Lancashire Lightning 83 for one by nine wickets

SCORECARD | Available from Cricinfo HERE

POINTS | Lancashire Lightning 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 | Saqib Mahmood took his second consecutive List A five-for as Leicestershire Foxes suffered a nine-wicket defeat in the Royal London One-Day Cup at Emirates Old Trafford.

The 22-year-old, who claimed six for 37 on his last outing against Northants Steelbacks, ended with impressive figures of five for 14 as Leicestershire CCC were bowled out for 80.

Harry Dearden (20, 32b) and competition debutant Ben Mike (18, 42b) top-scored for the Foxes, and although Dieter Klein took an early wicket, Lightning chased down their target for the loss of a solitary wicket.

Opener Haseeb Hameed (29*, 47b) and Steven Croft (37*, 36b) shared an unbroken 67 for the second wicket for the hosts.

The match had several connections between the sides, with Dearden, Paul Horton, Gavin Griffiths, Arron Lilley and Callum Parkinson coming through the ranks at Emirates Old Trafford.

Liam Hurt, now back playing for the Red Rose county, made a List A appearance for the Foxes in 2015, while the Parkinson twins were going head-to-head again.

The Foxes were looking to bounce back after a defeat at the hands of Notts Outlaws on Friday, but the game burst into life in the opening exchanges at Emirates Old Trafford.

Opener Mark Cosgrove (1, 12b) was pinned lbw by Mahmood after 3.5 overs, and the young seamer soon made further inroads.

It took Mahmood only eight more balls to take his second wicket of the day, as captain Horton (7, 5b) - having his first bat on the ground since leaving Lancashire CCC for Leicestershire CCC at the end of 2015 - received a ball that bounced and nip away. He was caught at first slip by Keaton Jennings.

Mahmood then had his third - with the hosts not having bowled ten overs yet - as he bowled Ackermann (2, 12b) with a beauty that came back to clip the top of off stump after 9.1 overs.

Mahmood, who came in to the game in a rich vein in of form with 13 wickets in his first four games, was not letting up.

Dearden, who fought hard against Lightning’s opening bowling attack of England star James Anderson and Mahmood, was caught at first slip by Jennings. The paceman now had figures of four for eight.

The wickets continued to fall with only Dearden reaching double figures of the top seven. Lewis Hill (7, 26b) and Lilley (1, 5b) were both caught behind by Dane Vilas from the bowling of Hurt.

Callum Parkinson and Mike steadied the ship somewhat, as they were defending well having spent some good time at the crease. As their stand grew, the conversation of Parkinson versus Parkinson was coming into conversation as Callum’s twin brother Matthew started to bowl.

However, there was not the the opportunity to see the face-off of the brothers as Callum Parkinson (7, 26) was the third batsman to be caught behind by Vilas, this time following an outside edge from the bowling of Anderson.

The wicket came under the eye of Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard, striker Gonzalo Higuain and winger Pedro as they watched the cricket before making their way to the footballing Old Trafford to face Manchester United later today.

Klein (0, 10b) replaced Parkinson and was caught by Jennings off Australia off-spinner Glenn Maxwell having previously been put down by the same fielder off the same bowler.

Mike continued to play sensibly as he looked very solid and assured at the crease at a tricky time for the Foxes.

Anderson broke a stubborn stand with Chris Wright (9*, 35b) by running backwards at mid-on to take a one-handed diving catch to end Mike’s stay. It was a truly superb catch to end a positive innings from Mike, who finished with 18 (42b).

This wicket was Mahmood’s fifth of the day, becoming the first bowler in Lancashire CCC’s history to accrue successive five-wicket hauls in List A cricket.

The final wicket fell in the 37th over, as Rob Jones claimed his maiden List A wicket by bowling Griffiths (4, 28b) through the gate. It was Leicestershire CCC’s lowest List A score against Lancashire CCC.

Wright opened the bowling from the James Anderson End to Jennings, accompanied by Klein. After five overs, the bowlers had the initiative with the batsmen scoring only five runs – all to Jennings.

It took the 7.4 for the Foxes to claim their first wicket, and it came the way of England international Jennings (10, 31b). He swatted a Klein delivery to towards cover point, where Cosgrove pulled off a superb catch diving away to his right.

Croft came in and made his 4,000th career List A run during a good partnership with Hameed. The wicket of Jennings was the only one to fall as Lightning landed victory by nine wickets after recording 83 for one not out from exactly 19 overs.

Leicestershire Foxes now take a break from Royal London One-Day Cup action as they enteratin Pakistan in a T20 spectacular at the Fischer County Ground on Wednesday evening (6.30pm start).

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

FIGURES | Wright 6-1-21-0, Klein 7-2-19-0, Mike 4-0-34-0, Griffiths 2-1-4-0.

Lightning | Vilas (capt & wk), Jennings, Hameed, Maxwell, Croft, Jones, Bohannon, Hurt, Mahmood, Anderson, M Parkinson.

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

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