Lilley leads Foxes to super win

BLAST 5 | Notts Outlaws 104 for six lost to Leicestershire Foxes 125 for three by 21 runs

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POINTS | Notts Outlaws 0, Leicestershire Foxes 2

REACTION | Allrounder Arron Lilley spoke to Foxes TV following the victory over Notts Outlaws. Click HERE to watch the full interview.

REPORT | Arron Lilley’s magnificent innings laid the foundation for a brilliant Leicestershire Foxes win in a reduced 11-over Vitality Blast game against Notts Outlaws.

Lilley smashed a brilliant 66 off 30 (10x4, 2x6) while Mark Cosgrove scored 37no off 23 (5x4) as the spirited Foxes posted 125 for three at Trent Bridge.

A highly disciplined bowling performance, led by the outstanding Gavin Griffiths, was coupled with safe catching and good ground fielding on a greasy outfield.

Griffiths ended with the fine figures of three for 22 from three - including a powerplay over - while Dieter Klein, Will Davis, Callum Parkinson and Lilley all chipped in with a wicket apiece as the Outlaws were restricted to 104 for six.

The match between the Outlaws and the Foxes was shortened because of heavy rain, and as a result there were 3.2 overs of powerplay, and allocations reduced to three (one bowler) and two (four bowlers).

Today’s forecast was changeable in the build-up but it had predicted that a block of rain would come in – and so it proved.

Umpires Jeremy Lloyds and Ian Blackwell inspected around the scheduled start time of 2.30pm, but more heavy rain arrived shortly afterwards, and the start was delayed until 4.45pm.

There were three changes to the side that lost to Durham Cricket as Harry Swindells, Davis and Griffiths came in for Neil Dexter, Ben Mike and Chris Wright. Dan Christian won the toss and chose to bowl.

Cosgrove struck the first ball of the game for four through extra but there was a wicket lost to the third ball as Luke Wood trapped Swindells (0) in front.

Lilley nicked his first delivery to the third man boundary as ten came off the opening over, and the batsman then struck Imad Wasim for three boundaries in the second, including two through mid-off.

The left-hander then smashed Harry Gurney through mid-wicket, over cover and backward point for three consecutive fours.

County were 39 for one at the end of the powerplay, and Lilley then carved the next two deliveries from Jake Ball for four through cover.

Lilley hit a straight drive back past Luke Fletcher and the following ball was cracked away for six to take the stand beyond 50 off 23 balls.

Notts used a sixth bowler in as many overs in spinner Samit Patel, who restricted the Foxes to seven off the sixth as they moved to 70 for one.

A second six for Lilley, uppercut over third man, took the batsman to 50 off only 22 balls (7x4, 2x6) at the start of the seventh, and he also clouted the third, fourth and fifth deliveries to the ropes as 19 were scored.

It left the Foxes at 89 for one, but Lilley’s superb knock was ended in the eighth as he top-edged Imad Wasim high into the gloves of ‘keeper Tom Moores. He added 86 in just seven overs with Cosgrove.

The 100 came up after 8.4 overs, and Colin Ackermann struck his first maximum over the fielder at long-on off the next ball.

Patel (2-0-11-0) completed his fine spell but the final over was profitable for the Foxes. Cosgrove and Ackermann each flicked down to fine-leg, although the skipper was caught by Alex Hales off Gurney for 18 (12b) off the penultimate ball of the innings.

Hales hit the first ball of the innings to the cover boundary as 13 came off the first, but his second four certainly had an element of fortune as a Griffiths delivery was flashed between ‘keeper Lewis Hill and Parkinson.

Griffiths, who bowled a cracking second over, sent down a perfect yorker to remove the off stump of Ben Duckett (6, 6b), and Davis picked up another key wicket as Hales (10, 8b) lofted to Klein at mid-on.

The seamer was unlucky not to grab a second wicket when Joe Clarke’s checked cover drive was almost held low down by Aadil, and the batsman nearly fell in the next over when he cracked a shot off Parkinson towards Ackermann at cover – it would have been a blinder.

Clarke (14, 14b) went on to drive Lilley for six over mid-off but the Outlaws were at 43 for three at halfway as the batsman’s attempted switch-hit off Griffiths resulted in a catch for Hill.

‘Keeper Moores (44no, 19b, 1x4, 5x6) hit two sixes towards the shorter boundary towards the Smith Cooper stand, and Christian also pierced the gap between two fielders at point and cover to find the ropes.

But the Outlaws were behind the rate, and Parkinson responded to the four in style, having the dangerous Christian (18, 12b) well-held by Klein as the ball went high into the grey sky towards long-on.

Aadil took another good catch as Patel (2, 4b) lofted Lilley towards deep cover, and although Moores carved Lilley to cover and Griffiths over mid-wicket for four and six, the seamer only went for four off his final five balls.

It left the Outlaws an impossible 40 off the last over, and left arm seamer Klein then had Imad (3, 3b) caught behind, meaning another brace of maximums from Moores were in vain.

The Foxes are on the road again during the next week with trips to Durham Cricket (Wednesday) and Worcestershire Rapids (Sunday) to come.

FIGURES | Klein 2-0-31-1, Griffiths 3-0-22-2, Davis 2-0-16-1, Parkinson 2-0-18-1, Lilley 2-0-17-1

TEAM | Ackermann (capt), Swindells, Lilley, Cosgrove, Dearden, Hill (wk), Aadil, Klein, Parkinson, Davis, Griffiths

OUTLAWS | Christian (capt), Clarke, Hales, Duckett, Moores (wk), Imad, Patel, Wood, Fletcher, Ball, Gurney

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

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