Points shared as the weather forces a draw
BLAST 2 | Draw. Match abandoned during the interval. Leicestershire Foxes 150 for nine.
SCORECARD | Available from Cricinfo HERE
POINTS | Leicestershire Foxes 1, Lancashire Lightning 1
REPORT | Leicestershire Foxes began their home Vitality Blast campaign against Lancashire Lightning after the Foxes’ first round match against Derbyshire Falcons was abandoned earlier in the week without a ball bowled.
Lightning won the first battle by winning toss and electing to bowl meaning Gareth Delany would get the fixture underway on his Foxes’ debut.
Delany (5, 5b) was keen to make an instant impact and hit his first boundary from his second ball faced, however his stay at the crease was short lived as he was bowled out by Bailey in the second over of the day.
Arron Lilley joined Harry Dearden in the middle facing his former teammates. He was quick to make his mark hitting the first maximum of the match, hitting Tom Hartley straight back over his head. The third over saw the Foxes take 13 runs from it, taking the score to 24 for one.
Lilley continued with his impressive hitting as he took 17 runs from the next over, hitting Liam Hurt for two fours and six in the process.
The fifth over saw Lilley’s explosive innings come to an end with a spectacular one-handed, diving backwards catch from Lightning skipper Dan Vilas as Lilley looked for fifth boundary of the day from Danny Lamb. His innings came to an end on 26 runs from 15 balls [2x4s, 2x6s].
Foxes captain, Colin Ackermann joined Dearden in the middle who was still chipping away at the Lightning attack.
Ackermann began well with an early six off the bowling of Matt Parkinson in the ninth over, however he was dismissed shortly after for 14 runs off 14 balls [1x6], caught by Jones off the bowling of Hurt. The Foxes were 76/3 at the midway point of the innings.
Dearden continued to make his mark knocking his fourth boundary of the innings to reach 29 from 29 balls.
With George Rhodes now in the middle, he hit his first boundary of the innings and looked for another three balls later. However, he was caught low by a superb diving catch by Bailey.
Lewis Hill made his return to action for the Foxes as he joined Dearden in the middle having recovered from a hand injury. In his first match for the Foxes this season, Hill got off to a quick start by guiding Hurt down to third man for four.
The fifth wicket then fell due to a mix-up between Hill and Dearden in the middle, with the latter being ran-out by Jennings for 31 off 34 balls [4x4s, 0x6s].
Tom Taylor then came out to join Dearden in the middle in what was his T20 debut for the Foxes.
Taylor added some much-needed boundaries to the Foxes total as the Lightning spin attack of Parkinson and Hartley was stuttering the Foxes progress.
The sixth wicket fell as Taylor (10, 10b) was looking for a maximum but was caught by Bohannon on the mid-wicket boundary off Bailey.
Bailey struck with his next delivery as Hill (22, 19b) leant back and looked to drive Bailey through mid-off, but another superb catch from Vilas saw the Foxes lose their seventh wicket.
The Foxes were now 130 for 7 with 2 overs remaining.
This saw a complete overhaul in the middle for the Foxes as Ben Mike and Callum Parkinson took to the crease.
Mike came in and went big right from the off, hitting back-to-back sixes in the penultimate over off Lamb, rocketing the Foxes to 146 for 7 with 1 over remaining.
The Foxes finished on 150 for 9 after the consecutive wickets of Parkinson (9, 8b) and Mike (15, 7b) brought the innings to a close.
Both wickets were claimed with by Tom Bailey who now had claimed career-best T20 figures of 4-0-17-5.
Leicestershire were all out for 150 as the rain began to descend on the Fischer County Ground.
Unfortunately, the rain never stopped. It wasn’t a downpour by any means, but the consistent rain four an hour after the Foxes’ innings, coupled with the rainfall last night prompted the umpires to being the game to an end.
Both teams left the Fischer County Ground with a point apiece with Leicestershire looking ahead to a trip to Emerald Headingley on Monday to face Durham live on Sky Sports.
TEAM | Ackermann (C), Davis, Dearden, Delany, Griffiths, Hill (wk), Lilley, Mike, Parkinson, Rhodes, Taylor.
Lightning | Jennings, Davies (wk), Croft, Vilas (C), Bohannon, Jones, Lamb, Bailey, Hartley, Hurt, Parkinson.
IMAGES | Thanks to John Mallet of Outside Off for supplying images throughout the game.