Yorkshire close with a whimper

Alex Lees top scored with 32 as Yorkshire collapsed.
Alex Lees top scored with 32 as Yorkshire collapsed.
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Leicestershire Foxes closed their Friends Life t20 campaign in style, racing to a 10-wicket win over Yorkshire Vikings with 7.5 overs to spare in a one-sided game at Grace Road.

The Foxes bowled out Yorkshire for 105 in 17.2 overs and then Josh Cobb and Greg Smith knocked off the runs in 12.1 overs.

Foxes captain Cobb, who claimed remarkable figures of 3-9 off his four overs, followed that up by hitting an unbeaten 52 off 44 balls, clinching victory with a straight six off Will Rhodes. Smith made 39 off 30, hitting seven fours.

The massive defeat sentenced the Vikings to bottom spot in the North Group with five points from 10 matches. It was the Foxes fourth win but, like Yorkshire, they failed to make it through to the quarter-final stages.

The Vikings’ innings was a feeble affair after they had won the toss. Only opener Alex Lees showed any real resistance, top-scoring with 32, but it summed up his side’s day when he was run out in an almighty mix-up with Jack Leaning as they tried to take a quick single off a ball that had been signalled a wide.

Lees hit five boundaries in his run-a-ball innings.

The next highest scorers were Adam Lyth and Azeem Rafiq, who both made 12, but there were no partnerships of note as wickets fell in rapid succession.

Cobb, who opened the batting and bowling, did the main damage as his occasional spin bowling picked up the wickets of Gary Ballance (two), Leaning (eight) and Rhodes (nought).

Shakib Al Hasan took two for 26 and Rob Taylor two for 24 while 20-year-old Tom Wells held on to three catches.

In contrast the Vikings dropped two vital catches, with Cobb put down by Lyth at cover when he was on 13 and Smith let off by Iain Wardlaw at third man on seven.

They proved costly misses as the Foxes capitalised by taking 34 runs off the eighth and ninth overs, bowled by Moin Ashraf and Rafiq, and strolled to victory.