Leicestershire Foxes v Yorkshire Vikings
NatWest T20 Blast, North Group
Saturday August 12, 2017, 2.30pm
Leicestershire won it and elected to bowl.
Vikings: Lyth, Kohler-Cadmore, Willey, Marsh, Sarfaraz Ahmed w, Leaning, Bresnan c, Rashid, Plunkett, Rafiq, Patterson. Foxes: Ronchi w, Delport, Cosgrove, Ackermann, Ali, Hill, Wells, Pillans, McKay c, Griffiths, Parkinson.
MATCH IN A TWEET:
Yorkshire’s NatWest T20 Blast hopes are back in the balance after a fifth defeat of the campaign to Leicestershire at Grace Road.
Yorkshire posted a total of 182 for the second game running. Against Lancashire last night, they hit 182-7. Here, 182-5.
WHAT IT MEANS:
Yorkshire remain third in the North Group table with one match to play, against Northamptonshire on Thursday. They could drop out of the top four tomorrow with other fixtures to play.
They will have to win that last game at Headingley and hope other results go their way in order to secure a quarter-final berth.
Leicestershire comfortably reeled in their 183 target to win by four wickets with two balls to spare on the back of a dynamic batting display led by New Zealander Luke Ronchi, who hit 57 off 27 balls.
He raced out of the blocks to take the pressure off his side following fifties for Vikings pair Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Shaun Marsh in the first innings.
South Africa’s Colin Ackermann finished with 58 not out off 47 balls for the Foxes, for whom Mat Pillans hit the winning boundary with seven needed off the last over.
Yorkshire’s innings advanced well, but it lacked the explosion of earlier in the competition.
Kohler-Cadmore top-scored with 75 off 40 balls, while Australian Marsh added 60 off 44 after the visitors had been inserted.
The pair shared 82 in 8.2 overs for the third wicket to advance from 45-2 in the sixth before Marsh added 50 in the last 5.2 overs of the innings with fifth-wicket partner Adil Rashid, who hit 26 off 17.
Kohler-Cadmore hit the only two sixes over long-on and drove well as he added 12 fours.
Ronchi then hit the first four balls of the second over from Azeem Rafiq for six, four, six, four as the score moved to 32-0 after two overs of the chase.
He reached his half-century off 19 balls before Liam Plunkett and David Willey struck in the fourth and fifth overs to get Cameron Delport and Mark Cosgrove caught in the ring following miscues as the score fell to 60-2.
When Ronchi swept Azeem Rafiq to deep backward square-leg, Leicester were 84-3 after eight overs. They reached 108-3 after 10 overs, needing only 75 more.
Plunkett then had Aadil Ali caught behind in the next over, but runs continued to come.
The Foxes took their target below 50 by reaching 134-4 after 13 overs, with Ackermann now leading the way.
Tim Bresnan had Lewis Hill caught at mid-off and Plunkett had Tom Wells caught at mid-on as the score moved to 158-6 after 16, with 25 needed.
Ackermann reached 50 off 39 balls as the target became 17 off the last two overs and seven off the last, bowled by Bresnan.
Pillans hit the winning runs, a straight four, to leave Leicester on 13 points from 12 games.
It was a villain, unfortunately. New Zealander Luke Ronchi played a blistering knock to help reel in Yorkshire’s target.
Ronchi got the Foxes chase off to a flyer by hitting the first four balls of the second over, bowled by Azeem Rafiq, for 20, including two sixes over mid-wicket and long-off. They reached 32-0 after two and always remained ahead of the rate.
WHAT THEY SAID:
“We just couldn’t build any pressure. We knew they’d come out of the blocks hard. That’s the way they’ve played their cricket throughout the competition. We knew Ronchi was going to be a key wicket.
“I still believed after the power play when we got him out that we could build enough pressure to win the game with the inexperience they have in the middle order. But we kept bowling a boundary ball once or twice and over, which cost us.
“It’s the story of our season. We’ve played some good cricket and not backed it up. It’s very frustrating.
“I haven’t even looked at the table, but I know it’s tight. All we can do is beat Northants and see where it takes us.
“I can’t put my finger on it. We have a solid game plan which we know works, but we just haven’t managed to put a full game together. We’ve either batted well and not backed it up or bowled well and not batted well.
“In Twenty20, little periods cost you. Today was a good example of that.”
Yorkshire face Northants in their final group fixture at Headingley on Thursday (6.30pm start). It will be a huge game. Get down to support the lads.