Foxes fall short at Emirates Riverside
BLAST 7 | Leicestershire Foxes 130 for nine vs Durham Cricket 132 for four. Durham Cricket win by 6 wickets.
SCORECARD | Available from Cricinfo HERE
POINTS | Leicestershire Foxes 0, Durham Cricket 2.
REPORT | A disappointing result for the Foxes who failed to score big in their innings. A few missed opportunities in the field were costly in the end.
The Foxes made the long trip North to face Durham at Emirates Riverside in the seventh round of the Vitality Blast 2020 competition.
The Foxes skipper, Colin Ackermann won the toss and elected to bat as the Running Foxes looked to put the pressure on a Durham side that scored over 200 runs only two days ago.
Nick Welch came into the line up to make his debut for the Foxes and got off to a great start hitting his first delivery for four as he guided Liam Trevaskis down to third man.
That was as fast as the start would get for the Foxes though, as the opening duo would then fail to find the boundary again between them before Gareth Delany’s wicket fell for 0 [3b] after being pinned infront by Trevaskis.
Arron Lilley joined Welch in the middle and made a quick start himself with a maximum and a four in the fourth over off the bowling of Coughlin, taking the Foxes to 21 for one. With the final ball of the fourth over, Welch [8, 13b, 1x4] pulled Coughlin straight into the hands of Trevaskis at deep-square leg. The Running Foxes were 21 for two.
Ackermann and Lilley were in the middle looking to steady the ship for the Running Foxes, but the duo could only add 26 runs in their 4.2 over partnership, before impressive fielding from Bedingham saw the wicketkeeper collect Rimmington’s delivery and send it back down to the bowlers end to smash the stumps with a direct hit as Ackermann and Lilley went for a quick single.
The Foxes skipper’s wicket was up for 10 [11b, 1x4] as Harry Dearden walked to the crease.
Ackermann had brought up the Foxes fifty the ball prior with the Durham attack winning the battle and suffocating the boundaries on the big outfield at Chester-le-Street.
Lilley [45, 31b, 2x4, 3x6] soon began ramping up the run-rate for the Foxes after hitting Steel for two maximums in the tenth. However, the batsman looked for his third six of the over and was caught by Trevaskis at long off.
The Foxes were being restricted and lost two quick wickets as Hill was caught and bowled by Trevaskis for 4 [8b] and Tom Taylor was bowled by Brydon Carse for 2 [8b].
Ben Mike came into the middle and pulled Steel through the leg side for his first boundary of the day, off his fourth delivery with five overs remaining.
The 100 then came up for the Foxes in the sixteenth over with Durham continuing to limit the Foxes’ scoring.
In the latter stages Dearden hit his first boundary followed by back-to-back boundaries for Mike, to move the Foxes to 120 for six.
The Foxes then lost three quick wickets at the hands of Potts as Mike was caught on the mid-wicket boundary by Coughlin for 17 [11b, 3x4], followed by Dearden who was caught by Behardien at third man for 30 [28b, 1x4], and Will Davis who was bowled for 0 [2b].
Callum Parkinson and Gavin Griffiths were in the middle as the Foxes finished on 130 for nine.
Tom Taylor opened the bowling for the Foxes with Graham Clark on strike for Durham, alongside Alex Lees.
The home side made an explosive start posting 62 during the powerplay, at the cost of two wickets as Clark [35, 14b, 6x4, 1x6] was pinned infront by Ackermann, and Lees [15, 12b, 3x4] was bowled by Parkinson.
Mike was introduced into the Foxes attack and took the third Durham wicket as Bedingham [9, 10b, 2x4] was caught by Lilley at deep-square leg. Durham were 73 for three after 7.3 overs.
Only one more Durham wicket fell before they reached the target of 131, as Behardien [17, 19b, 2x4] pulled Mike straight to Will Davis who took the catch at mid-wicket.
The chase then came to an emphatic end as former-Fox Ben Raine smashed Will Davis over mid-wicket for his second six of the day to bring up his fifty [34b, 4x4, 2x6], as well as the 131 needed for the win.
FIGURES | Parkinson 4-0-24-1, Mike 3-0-19-2, Delany 2-0-13-0, Ackermann 4-0-24-1, Davis 1.2-0-27-0, Griffiths 1-0-15-0, Taylor 1-0-21-0
FOXES | Ackermann (C), Lilley, Dearden, Delany, Hill (wk), Taylor, Swindells, Mike, Parkinson, Griffiths, Davis.
DURHAM | Lees, Clark, Raine, Bedingham (wk), Behardien, Carse, Steel, Coughlin, Trevaskis, Rimmington (C), Potts.
IMAGES | Thanks to John Mallet of Outside Off for supplying images throughout the game.