Taylor takes three but Foxes lose opener

RESULT | Leicestershire Foxes 166 lost to Yorkshire Vikings 379 for seven by 213 runs

SCORECARD | Available from CricInfo HERE

POINTS | Yorkshire Vikings 2 points, Leicestershire Foxes 0 points

REACTION | Leicestershire CCC Head Coach Paul Nixon spoke to BBC Radio Leicester's Richard Rae after the game. The interview is available HERE

REPORT | Leicestershire Foxes made a brilliant start before Yorkshire Vikings produced a strong fightback to claim the two points in the opening Royal London One-Day Cup game at Emerald Headingley.

Tom Taylor took three quickfire wickets to give the Foxes an ideal opening before centurions Harry Brook and Gary Ballance combined to help their side post a commanding 379 for seven.

The duo shared a record-breaking fourth wicket stand for the Vikings against the Foxes, their 211 beating the previous best of 141 set by Michael Vaughan and Anthony McGrath in their NatWest Trophy win of 1999.

In reply, Mark Cosgrove top-scored with 42 from 33 balls, but the Foxes were bowled out for 166 as former loanee Mat Pillans took five for 29.

Paul Horton won the toss on a dry and bright morning and opted to bowl first. Aadil Ali and Arron Lilley came into the side for their first appearances of the season, replacing Ateeq Javid and Hassan Azad from the Specsavers County Championship side that lost to Worcestershire CCC.

Taylor dismissed dangerous left-handers Adam Lyth (0, 3b) and David Willey (8, 8b) both nicked full length deliveries that swung away and the skipper gleefully snapped up the opportunities at first slip.

It quickly became 17 for three as fellow big-hitter Tom Kohler-Cadmore (7, 8b) was rapped on the pads by another swinging delivery by Taylor, leaving the hosts at 17 for three.

Yorkshire required a stand and it was provided by Brook and Ballance, who both looked strong on the drive in the opening exchanges.

After the score passed 50 in the 11th, Lilley’s off-spin was introduced from the Emerald Stand End, but it did not stop the duo from recording a-run-a-ball half-century partnership in the 13th.

It came courtesy of consecutive strokes from Brook, who struck a four and single through mid-wicket.

Gavin Griffiths had an appeal for lbw against Brook with his third delivery in the 15th over after the batsman stepped across his stumps, but the ball ran away for four leg byes.

Brook was generally narrowly ahead in the scoring stakes, although it was a close run thing, and Ballance levelled things up at 40 with a beautifully timed pull for four off Griffiths.

Their 100-run alliance was recorded in the 24th over, and Ballance was first to 50 from 64 balls with seven fours.

To underline the fact that the partnership was a shared affair, it took Brook just one more delivery to reach his half-century, the very next ball of the game. A crunching straight drive to the ropes, the eighth of his innings to that point, was an impressive way to reach the landmark.

Yorkshire moved to 131 for three at halfway, and Ballance struck two consecutive fours to deep square-leg as the hosts scored 12 off two successive overs.

An on-drive from Ballance recorded both the first maximum of the game and the 150 partnership, and although spin was reintroduced, the batsman each registered a four in the 32nd over.

Lilley nearly gained revenge when Ballance advanced and missed the ball on 81, but the batsman survived and the stand became the 10th in Yorkshire’s List A history to reach 200.

Brook recorded his maiden one-day century for the White Rose from the last ball of the same over (101b, 14x4), the 37th of the innings, as Taylor finished off his fine spell of bowling.

Aadil’s leg-spin was introduced for the 39th over and it paid dividends as Brook top-edged and Lewis Hill ran forward to take a safe catch.

Yorkshire’s No.5 reached 100 from 112 balls (11x4, 1x6) in Aadil’s second over, and although the rate slowed for a while, a total of 22 runs came from the 43rd to get the scoreboard moving again.

With the platform set, boundaries continued to come regularly as Ballance and Jonathan Tattersall put on 101 for the fifth wicket inside eight overs.

The left-hander recorded 150 from 131 balls (14x4, 6x6) before being held at deep cover by Lilley off Davis for a career-best 156 with the score at 329.

Another couple of late wickets were claimed as Tim Bresnan (16, 13b) was caught by Taylor off Chris Wright at long-off in the penultimate over, while Tattersall departed for a quickfire 58 (29b, 3x4. 4x6) after nicking Griffiths to Hill.

Willey bowled Dearden (0, 4b) in the opening over of the chase, and Lilley then played an entertaining knock of 25 from just 19 balls, including four boundaries.

But when he hit the left-armer to Bresnan on the edge of the circle, the Foxes were 37 for two at the start of the seventh over.

An attractive stand of 49 developed between the captain and Cosgrove before Horton (26, 37b) drove his opposite number Steve Patterson to Kohler-Cadmore at cover.

Cosgrove struck one handsome shot down the ground and was savage on anything short, and looked to set to record his third half-century in as many games.

But leg-spinner Josh Poysden turned his very first delivery to trap the batsman lbw for 42 (33b, 6x4) with the Foxes now at 108 for four.

Paceman Pillans then enticed Colin Ackermann (19, 24b) to drag on before having Hill (7, 7b) caught at backward point.

Taylor (12, 16b) demonstrated his fine form by launching a six over long-on, but he became a third victim of Pillans when top-edging a short delivery high to a diving Rashid at mid-wicket.

Pillans completed his five-for as Aadil (26, 23b) clipped to mid-wicket and Wright (1, 3b) feathered behind, with Poysden bowling Davis (2, 7b) inbetween.

The Foxes’ next challenge in the competition comes at Durham at Emirates Riverside on Friday morning (11am start).

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

FIGURES | Taylor 10-0-57-3, Wright 10-0-65-1, Lilley 10-0-59-0, Griffiths 8-0-74-1, Davis 9-0-82-1, Aadil 3-0-32-1.

Yorkshire | Lyth, Kohler-Cadmore, Willey, Brook, Ballance, Tattersall (wk), Bresnan, Rashid, Patterson (capt), Poysden, Pillans.

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

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