Foxes end Outlaws unbeaten run
BLAST 9 | Leicestershire Foxes 163 for six vs Notts Outlaws 162 for seven. Leicestershire Foxes win by 4 wickets.
SCORECARD | Available from Cricinfo HERE
POINTS | Leicestershire Foxes 2, Notts Outlaws 0.
REPORT | The Foxes take it down to the final over at the Fischer County Ground for the third time in a week as they put an end to Notts Outlaws’ unbeaten run in the Vitality Blast.
Callum Parkinson claimed his 50th T20 wicket in Leicestershire colours as he helped with bat and ball in the dramatic win.
The Foxes played host Notts Outlaws at the Fischer County Ground for the final home game of the season for the ninth round of the 2020 Vitality Blast competition.
On a gloriously sunny Friday evening, the Outlaws skipper, Dan Christian, won the toss and elected to bat. The Foxes opened the bowling from Callum Parkinson delivering to Chris Nash with Alex Hales accompanying him.
It took Parkinson no time at all to get his first wicket of the evening as he caught and bowled Nash for 4(6b) off his fifth delivery. This was the wicket took Parkinson’s Leicestershire T20 tally to 50.
With Joe Clark joining Alex Hales in the middle the Foxes skipper, Colin Ackermann, was mixing seam with spin early in the innings. The second wicket fell just before the end of the powerplay at the hands of Dieter Klein who bowled Clarke for 19(12b) as the batsman chopped on to his own stumps.
In the final over of the powerplay, Parkinson took his second as he bowled Hales with an absolute jaffa for a 12 ball 11, giving the Foxes the upperhand following the powerplay with the Outlaws on 42 for three.
The Outlaws brought up the 50 runs in the eighth over as Gareth Delany was brought into the attack, a tidy over of just 4 runs from the Irishman.
At the half-way stage of the innings, the Outlaws were 69 for three having only hit five fours and two maximums so far in their innings.
The Outlaws had Tom Moores and Ben Duckett in the middle who were causing problems for the Running Foxes.
The pair went on to bring up the 100 runs in the thirteenth over, and moved from strength to strength.
The duo at the crease had soon claimed their half-centuries following successive expensive overs for the Foxes, and with it, they brought up their 100 partnership.
The partnership was finally broken, though, as Klein brilliantly plucked the ball out of the air on the leg side rope as Moores (51, 26b) looked to send Will Davis for his third maximum of the day. The Outlaws’ skipper came in and went for 0(1) at the hands of Davis again two balls later, as Christian attempted a scoop which was safely caught by Parkinson at third man.
Griffiths was brought back into the Running Foxes and took his first wicket of the night to dismiss Duckett for 53(43b) as Dearden took the grab on the rope.
In the final over, Davis claimed his third of the match as Ackermann was on hand to take the grab of Steven Mullaney for 11(7b). The Outlaws then brought their innings to an end on 162 for seven.
The Foxes began their run-chase with Nick Welch on strike accompanied by Gareth Delany facing Imad Wasim.
The first over resulted in eight being taken from it with five of those being awarded as penalty runs to the Running Foxes due to the umpires stating that Mullaney made a deliberate attempt to distract the player on strike.
In the second over, Welch looked to pull Patel through the leg-side but was beaten by Patel’s delivery and was bowled for 6 [8b, 1x4]. Delany’s wicket then followed in the third over, caught in the field by Matt Carter off the bowling of Imad Wasim for 12 [9b, 1x6], from the final ball off it after hitting the Pakistan international for six from the first delivery of the over.
Arron Lilley and Ackermann were at the crease for the Running Foxes looking to put on a strong partnership.
The pair settled taking 2 runs from the fourth over and then Ackermann made light work of Wasim’s spin hitting him for a maximum and two fours in the sixth over to end the powerplay on 56 for two.
The duo then went on to put on a partnership of 75 from 50, rocketing the Foxes into a commanding position before an over that began with three consecutive wides from Outlaws skipper Dan Christian ended in Lilley’s wicket as he was caught at long on by Alex Hales for 34 [23b, 3x4, 1x6].
The Foxes were now sitting on 101 for three after 10.1 overs.
Two quick wickets followed as Harry Dearden was caught by Moores off Mullaney for 0 [3b], then George Rhodes [1, 5b] top-edged the same bowler in his next over.
Into the last five overs, the Running Foxes were 124 for five, requiring 39 runs. In the over prior, Ackermann smashed Christian back down the wicket for his fourth four of the evening to bring up his half century off 40 balls.
The Foxes then moved to 139 for 6, requiring 24 runs from the final three overs after the wicket of Hill [11, 12b] was up after falling to the bowling of Patel.
With two overs remaining, 18 runs were required with Ackermann and Parkinson in the middle. Parkinson hit his first and second boundaries from 18.1 and 18.6 to bring up the 150 runs for the Foxes.
With those boundaries, the Foxes took 12 crucial runs from the penultimate over as they moved to 157 for six requiring six from six in the final over.
Former Fox, Zak Chappell, was the man with the ball in hand with Ackermann on strike.
Strong running in the middle between Ackermann and Parkinson resulted in the Foxes claiming the four wicket win with one ball remaining
Ackermann finished on 67 [53b, 5x4, 1x6] with Parkinson on 13 [8b, 2x4] with the Running Foxes finishing their innings on 163 for six.
This was the third win for Leicestershire Foxes in the 2020 Vitality Blast competition. The Foxes have a trip to Emirates Old Trafford on Sunday in the final group stage competition.
FIGURES | Parkinson 4-0-29-2, Klein 3-0-23-1, Griffiths 4-0-22-1, Ackermann 2-0-17-0, Delany 1-0-4-0, Lilley 2-0-22-0, Davis 4-0-38-3.
FOXES | Ackermann (c), Lilley, Dearden, Welch, Delany, Hill (wk), Rhodes, Klein, Parkinson, Griffiths, Davis.
OUTLAWS | Christian (c), Hales, Nash, Clarke, Duckett, Moores, Mullaney, Patel, Wasim, Chappell, Carter.
IMAGES | Thanks to John Mallet of Outside Off for supplying images throughout the game.