Klein shines but Bancroft steers Durham home

RESULT | Leicestershire Foxes 233 for nine lost to Durham Cricket 234 for four by six wickets

SCORECARD | Available from Cricinfo HERE 

POINTS | Durham Cricket 2 points, Leicestershire Foxes 0 points

REACTION | Dieter Klein spoke to BBC Radio Leicester's Richard Rae at the end of the game. The interview is available HERE

REPORT | Leicestershire Foxes fought hard to stay in the Royal London One-Day Cup contest at Durham Cricket but were ultimately undone by another partnership between Cameron Bancroft and Michael Richardson.

The duo, who broke a fourth wicket record against Northants Steelbacks on Wednesday, put on 101 to put their side on course for a six-wicket success.

Earlier in the day, Tom Taylor (59, 63b) and Dieter Klein (46, 71b) each made career-best List A scores in sharing Leicestershire CCC’s record eighth wicket partnership against Durham Cricket in this format.

Their 81-run alliance, which beat the previous high by Ben Smith and Gordon Parsons set in 1993, helped the Foxes to put 233 for nine on the board having been 112 for seven at one stage.

Taylor (10-1-45-0) and Klein (10-3-45-2) bowled well but Bancroft batted for the majority of the innings to end at 118 not out (117b, 11x4, 2x6).

The Foxes showed two changes to the side as Klein and Harry Swindells came in for Aadil Ali (shoulder) and Chris Wright (ill), and were batting first after Paul Horton won the toss for the third game in a row.

Brydon Carse struck an early blow for the hosts as Harry Dearden (5, 7b), who had opened his boundary account with a pleasant cover drive, dragged a short delivery on to leg stump.

A total of 15 runs came from the third over but Carse struck again at the start of his second offering, bringing a delivery back sharply to trap Paul Horton (11, 10b) in front.

The Foxes could have been forgiven for absorbing the pressure at this stage but instead launched a counter-attack, with Colin Ackermann and Mark Cosgrove each finding the ropes twice in the early exchanges of their alliance.

But Carse made it three in his new ball burst from the Lumley End as a quick delivery angled back and cannoned into the stumps of Ackermann (9, 15).

Hill pulled the paceman for a mighty six down to long-leg as he and Cosgrove regrouped, but the Foxes suffered two more blows.

Former Fox Ben Raine took the catch on both occasions, first tumbling forward to dismiss Cosgrove (22, 41b) off Matthew Potts, before slow left armer Liam Trevaskis enticed Hill (33, 40b) into a drive that was taken at extra cover.

Swindells settled in well but lost another partner as Arron Lilley (7, 10b) was beaten by a good delivery by Matt Salisbury that struck the off stump.

The youngster then departed to Trevaskis for 15 (29b) courtesy of a tremendous catch, Potts running towards the mid-on boundary before diving to get his hands around the ball as it dropped over his shoulder.

Taylor and Klein each recorded a boundary in the 32nd over off Carse. The former sent a well-timed drive through mid-wicket while Klein belted one through the covers off the back foot.

The duo went past the previous eighth wicket partnership record of 51 for the Foxes against Durham. It was reached when Taylor drove Potts handsomely down the ground to record his third boundary.

Another tremendous straight drive took Taylor to the brink of his half-century, a landmark reached from 58 balls with five fours. Then, when Taylor smashed Raine over extra cover to record another boundary, the Foxes may well have had a score of 250 in their sights.

But Raine took an outstanding one-handed catch at backward point off Potts to end Taylor’s ebullient stay, leaving the visitors at 193 for eight.

The wicket did not totally halt momentum. Klein reached his career-best with a thumping cover drive for four and found the fence in the following over with a firm pull off Carse to bring up the 200.

With Davis (15*) becoming the third successive batsman to record his highest score in this format, including a terrific straight six off Raine, the Foxes got beyond 230.

Unfortunately Klein’s first List A fifty was not to be, as he lost his leg stump to Potts off the final ball of the innings.

Taylor and Klein then took the new ball and bowled beautifully, restricting the hosts to 12 for 1 after eight overs.

They combined for that opening wicket, with Graham Clark (6, 16b) pulling a short delivery from Klein straight to Taylor at short fine-leg, and the left armer then beat Alex Lees (6, 14b) for pace with a jaffa that clipped the top of off stump.

Steel lofted a trio of drives over the in-field to pick up boundaries as he formed a partnership with Cameron Bancroft, and there was a double change as Griffiths and Lilley entered the attack.

Bancroft clipped a couple of boundaries through mid-wicket in the 17th over, and then lofted the spinner over extra in the next offering. After the duo put on 58, Griffiths sent down a slow, short ball that Steel miscued to Horton at mid-on, ending his stay at 35.

The Foxes needed to split the key partnership of Bancroft and Richardson, but although there was an appeal for lbw, the duo again combined to good effect.

Bancroft struck two fours through the off-side in the 25th over, and ultimately progressed to 50 from 58 balls (7x4), while Richardson hit a brace of sixes in the 27th.

Durham Cricket had the rate in hand, so the Foxes needed to take wickets to put the pressure on. Griffiths pinned Richardson (39, 56b) in front, but Bancroft moved to a second successive competition century from 102 balls (10x4, 2x6). 

Bancroft remains unbeaten in his two innings in the tournament, and batted alongside Jack Burnham (21*, 22b) in the closing stages of this game.

The Foxes' next game in the competition comes against Worcestershire Rapids at the Fischer County Ground on Sunday (11am start).

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

FIGURES | Taylor 10-1-45-0, Klein 10-3-45-2, Griffiths 9-0-44-2, Lilley 6-0-40-0, Davis 5.3-0-36-0, Ackermann 5-0-21-0.

Yorkshire | Clark, S Steel, Lees, Bancroft (capt & wk), Richardson, Burnham, Carse, Trevaskis, Raine, Potts, Salisbury.

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

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