Vikings win entertaining clash

BLAST 3 | Leicestershire Foxes 201 for four lost to Yorkshire Vikings 255 for two by 54 runs

SCORECARD | Available from Cricinfo HERE

POINTS | Leicestershire Foxes 0, Yorkshire Vikings 2

REACTION | Foxes Head Coach Paul Nixon spoke to Foxes TV following the conclusion of the Vitality Blast fixture. Click HERE to watch the full interview.

REPORT | Records tumbled - including the highest aggregate of runs in a Vitality Blast game involving Leicestershire Foxes - as Yorkshire Vikings recorded an entertaining 54-run victory.

The visitors’ score of 255 for two was the highest T20 score at the Fischer County Ground as well as the biggest total notched against the Foxes. A match total of 31 sixes also equalled the domestic best for a T20 match.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore ended unbeaten on 96 (54b, 4x4, 8x6), the skipper playing a fine knock between lightning innings in the sixties by Adam Lyth and Nicholas Pooran.

It was always going to be a tall order for the Foxes, but there were some good innings, particularly from Lewis Hill (49no, 28b, 2x4, 4x6) and Arron Lilley (47, 24b, 2x4, 4x6).

The score of 201 for four was Leicestershire Foxes’ fourth highest team competition total at Grace Road.

And a match total of 456 beat the previous highest match aggregate of a Foxes game, the 432 amassed by the same teams at Headingley in 2004.

One change was made as Aadil Ali came in for Gavin Griffiths, and County bowled first after winning the toss.

The second ball of the game was carved for six by Lyth, who also glanced a four in the first over.

A total of 17 runs came off the second as Kohler-Cadmore drove down the ground for four while Lyth picked up three consecutive boundaries.

Ben Mike bowled a superb third over that went for only two singles, although the third and fourth overs each yielded 20.

Lyth swept Colin Ackermann’s first delivery for six, Kohler-Cadmore also struck a maximum, while a wide ran away to the fence.

Another wide at the start of the fifth over brought up the 50, and Lyth gathered his third six by clouting over short fine-leg before the batsman then drove over cover and mid-wicket.

Lyth motored to 50 off 21 balls (6x4, 3x6) as the score moved to 76 without loss after the powerplay, and Kohler-Cadmore hit the first ball of the seventh over the ropes at long-on.

Although Dexter started the eighth over well, the final ball to Lyth just had enough to clear the rope at third man, and the 100 partnership came up in the ninth.

Another six was hit by Kohler-Cadmore over mid-on en route to the duo equalling the Vikings’ highest opening stand against the Foxes by the halfway point – 116.

It ended there as Lyth (69, 35b, 8x4, 4x6) struck the slow left arm of Parkinson to Klein at deep square-leg.

There was no respite for the Foxes as the second wicket yielded a further 121 in just 8.1 overs.

Kohler-Cadmore lofted his fourth six, this time over backward square, to move to 50 off 34 balls (3x4, 4x6) in the 13th, while both he and Pooran cleared the fence in the next over as the score raced beyond 150.

A pick-up over mid-wicket brought Kohler-Cadmore a further six in 15th, and 27 came off the next, including three sixes and a four for Pooran.

The West Indies international’s next rope-clearer brought up a 22-ball 50 (4x4, 5x6), while a straight four by the left-hander recorded the 100 stand.

Kohler-Cadmore and Pooran (67, 28b, 6x4, 6x6) each hit a six in the 18th before the former struck Klein to Parkinson at third man in a reversal of the first dismissal.

Harry Brook struck his third ball over the fence, and Kohler-Cadmore collected his eighth six as he ended just short of a century.

Mark Cosgrove got the scoreboard moving by cracking Duanne Olivier for three fours and a six, and Dexter also pulled the opening bowler for a maximum, but David Willey (4-0-23-0) bowled well at the Pavilion End to keep the Foxes to 39 off five overs.

A handsome drive by Dexter, followed by a deft flick for six, saw the stand reach 50 inside the powerplay but Olivier gained some revenge by bowling the batsman for 25 (19b).

Two tight overs followed from Jordan Thompson and Dom Bess before Ackermann lofted the seamer high over mid-wicket in the ninth.

Off-spinner Bess enticed Cosgrove (31, 29b) to loft to Gary Ballance at backward point as the Foxes moved to 82 for two after ten.

The spirited Foxes kept going for their strokes. Lilley clattered two straight sixes – the second of which immediately followed a four – but Ackermann (29, 18b) was then bowled by Thompson.

All-rounder Lilley then smoked a third maximum, this time over mid-on, before a cheeky scoop and sweep from Hill brought a brace of fours.

Two mighty consecutive maximums from Hill to mid-wicket off Bess took the score beyond 150, and Lilley’s fourth six meant that 23 came off the 16th.

A deft touch from Lilley raced down to third man before he holed out off Pillans to end the stand at 67, and Hill smashed consecutive maximums over mid-wicket as he narrowly missed out on reaching fifty.

The Foxes’ next challenge is at home to Durham Jets on Friday evening.

FIGURES | Klein 4-0-40-1, Wright 4-0-49-0, Mike 4-0-57-0, Ackermann 1-0-20-0, Parkinson 4-0-53-1, Dexter 2-0-18-0, Lilley 1-0-13-0

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

VIKINGS | Kohler-Cadmore (capt), Lyth, Willey, Brook, Ballance, Pooran (wk), Thompson, Bresnan, Bess, Pillans, Olivier

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

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