Last ball winner for the Foxes
BLAST 6 | Leicestershire Foxes 192 for seven vs Yorkshire Vikings 188 for six. Leicestershire Foxes win by 3 wickets.
SCORECARD | Available from Cricinfo HERE
POINTS | Leicestershire Foxes 2, Yorkshire Vikings 0
REPORT | A nail-biting finish at the Fischer County Ground saw the Running Foxes beat the Vikings with the final ball of the match.
Vitality Blast action returned to Leicestershire at the half-way point of the 2020 season as the Foxes hosted Yorkshire Vikings on a Friday night under the lights.
The Foxes’ skipper Colin Ackermann won the toss and elected to bowl first with Callum Parkinson opening the bowling to the Vikings duo of Adam Lyth and Tom Kohler-Cadmore.
The former made a strong start to the innings reaching 25 runs from 13 deliveries within three overs.
Will Davis was introduced into the Foxes attack in the fourth over and with his first delivery, claimed the wicket of Kohler-Cadmore for 3 [6b], caught by Ben Mike at extra cover.
Lyth continued to cause problems for the Running Foxes and brought up the 50 for the Vikings, as well as his half-century in the fifth over.
The Vikings’ opener posted his fifty from 24 balls including six fours and two sixes.
The Running Foxes were athletic and energetic in the field, looking to break the partnership of David Willey and Lyth.
Davis made the breakthrough just before the half-way point of the innings to bowl Willey for 27 off 17. Vikings were 98 for two after ten overs.
Vikings brought up the 100 runs mark in the fifteenth over. The spinners for the Running Foxes of Colin Ackermann and Parkinson completed tidy overs of 5 and 6, respectively to stem the Vikings’ run rate.
Gareth Delany was brought back into the Foxes attack in what turned out to be a decisive move.
The Irishman took the third Vikings wicket as Lyth was caught by Mike for 71 off 46.
The fourth followed in the same over, as Delany delivered, Ackermann made a pick-up at short extra cover, composed himself and smashed the stumps to run out Will Fraine for a diamond duck.
Delany’s second soon followed to dismiss Brook for 15 off 15 who was caught deep in the field by Tom Taylor. Vikings reached 150 runs in the sixteenth over.
In the latter stages of the innings, Jordan Thompson and Jonny Tattersall were proving to be defiant forces for the Vikings who made a partnership of 64 off 33. Thompson was dismissed in the final ball of the innings for 44, caught by Lewis Hill. Vikings finished on 188 for six leaving the Running Foxes with a tough chase of 189 for the win.
Harry Dearden opened the batting for the Foxes from the Pavilion End with David Willey taking the new ball for the Vikings. The first three overs were tidy as far as the Vikings are concerned, conceding just 14.
Dearden’s time in the middle was pulled short as he looked for a boundary out towards long on but was caught by Willey off the bowling of Fisher for 7 off 13.
Arron Lilley joined Delany in the middle looking to build a similar partnership as to that against Durham earlier in the competition.
Lilley made light work hitting 30 off 14, however there had been a few warning signs. His luck ran out in the eighth over as he was caught deep in the field by Brook, off the bowling of Shutt [2x4, 2x6].
After ten overs, the Foxes were 81 for two. Delany was continuing to fire and made his half-century from 32 balls. The 100 was then brought up off an Ackermann boundary to put the Foxes in a commanding position, overtaking Vikings comparative position.
In a huge over of 25, the partnership moved to 86 off 41 balls as the duo exchanged big hit after big hit, which culminated in Colin Ackermann sending Thompson over the Pavilion.
Delany [64, 41b, 4x4, 4x6] was dismissed just shy of bringing up the 150 for the Foxes as he was caught by Tattersall off the bowling of Willey.
Taylor joined Ackermann and the 150 was made for the Foxes with five overs remaining, requiring 39 runs to win from 30 balls. A boundary for Ackermann then led him to his half-century from 29 balls.
The Foxes lost three quick wickets of Taylor , pinned lbw by Coad, then Hill , caught by Kohler-Cadmore and Swindells  caught by Coad both off Fisher to make for a tense final finish.
In the nineteenth over, Mike was on strike to hit Willey for six after the second delivery before Ackermann was pinned infront off Willey after 18.5 for 58 off 34 [4x4, 2x6].
The final over began with the Foxes requiring nine. Lyth opened his only over of the match with a leg-bye, followed up with a dot ball.
Parkinson, then chipped one into the leg side to get Mike back on strike, which saw Mike pick up a pair of two’s leaving the Foxes needing three from the last ball.
Lyth delivered the final ball as Mike swung mightily to send the bowler back over his head to long on for his second maximum of the game to earn the Running Foxes an emphatic three wicket victory.
FIGURES | Parkinson 4-0-34-0, Ackermann 3-0-20-0, Taylor 3-0-35-1, Davis 3-0-32-2, Griffiths 2-0-27-0, Delany 3-0-26-2, Lilley 2-0-10-0
FOXES | Ackermann (C), Lilley, Dearden, Delany, Hill (wk), Taylor, Swindells, Mike, Parkinson, Griffiths, Davis.
VIKINGS | Lyth, Kohler-Cadmore, Willey (c), Brook, Fraine, Tattersall (wk), Thompson, Fisher, Coad, Poysden, Shutt.
IMAGES | Thanks to John Mallet of Outside Off for supplying images throughout the game.