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by Manuj Sharma Saturday 12 August 2017
Leicestershire 193-5 (Cosgrove 79) beatNorthamptonshire 148-7 (Rossington 67) by 48 runsNorth Group, Natwest T20 Blast, County Ground
Luke Ronchi and Mark Cosgrove scored knocks of 59 and 79 respectively as Leicestershire went on to post 193 in their innings and later restricted Northamptonshire to 148 for seven in the chase in their North Group Natwest T20 Blast encounter at County Ground.
Northamptonshire won the toss and decided to bowl first. Ronchi (59) started the innings positively with two boundaries and a six in the first two overs and soon Cameron Delport (26) joined the carnage, hitting two sixes and a four in the fourth over from Rory Kleinveldt (0-32).
Delport fell to Ben Sanderson (2-27) in the final over of the powerplay at the end of which Leicestershire were positioned 58 for one.
As Ronchi completed a 30 ball half-century, Leicestershire crossed the 100 run mark in the 11th over with Cosgrove (79) settling at the other end.
It was Sanderson once again, who provided some relief to the hosts with the wicket of Ronchi from there on it was one man show as Cosgrove powered them to 193 for five with his 48 ball knock despite not much support from the other end.
Richard Levi (12) started the innings with a six and a four but he and Ben Duckett (1) fell in successive overs as Northamptonshire were restricted to 19 for two.
However, Adam Rossington (67) smashed seven boundaries and a six to take the score to 54 for two in the powerplay.
Rossington and skipper Alex Wakely (20) consolidated the innings with a 85 run stand for the third wicket but overs 13 to 16 changed the complexion of the game. During that phase, Northamptonshire lost Rossington, Wakely, Kleinveldt (1) and Saif Zaib (1) with Delport (3-19) picking three wickets.
From there on, Northamptonshire hardly recovered and could manage only 145 for seven in the 20 overs.
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