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by ECB & Cricket World Saturday 27 July 2019
Notts Outlaws 104 - 6
Leicestershire Foxes 125 - 3
Result - Leicestershire Foxes won by 21 runs
Arron Lilley helped Leicestershire Foxes pick up their first Vitality Blast win over the season in a rain-reduced match against Notts Outlaws at Trent Bridge.
Lilley scored 66 from only 30 balls, hitting 10 fours and two sixes, as his side reached 125 for three after the contest had been reduced to 11 overs per side.
The 28-year old reached his first T20 half century from only 22 balls and added 86 with Mark Cosgrove, who scored an unbeaten 37, from only seven overs.
Notts lost Alex Hales and Ben Duckett with only 20 runs on the board and could only muster 104 for six, with Tom Moores making an unbeaten 44, leaving the Foxes as victors by 21 runs.
Gavin Griffiths collected figures of two for 22 for the visitors, the best return of the day.
When play did eventually begin, after a two hours and 15 minutes delay, Harry Swindells was pinned lbw by Luke Wood for a first ball duck.
Lilley hit Imad Wasim for three consecutive boundaries in the second over and Cosgrove also unleashed three more in the next, bowled by Harry Gurney.
Building on their early momentum the Foxes’ duo raced to a 50 partnership from only 25 balls, reached when Cosgrove hit Luke Fletcher over square leg for the first six of the match.
The seventh over, bowled by Jake Ball, went for 19, with Lilley finding the ropes on four separate occasions.
Wasim, on his home debut, forced the eventual mistake from Lilley, with wicketkeeper Moores taking the swirling catch.
Colin Ackermann, the visiting captain, hit 18 from 12 balls, supporting Cosgrove in a stand of 33 from 20 balls.
Duckett and Hales departed within four balls of each other at the start of the reply and wickets continued to tumble as the desperate search for runs became more and more frantic.
Joe Clarke was caught behind and Dan Christian, who had won the toss and opted to bowl first, fell to a catch in the deep by Dieter Klein.
The final over began with Notts still requiring 40. Tom Moores threw the bat in style and finished with five sixes in his 19-ball knock but the local bragging rights were already on their way back to Leicester.
THE TURNING POINT No side is safe whilst Alex Hales is at the crease, so the Foxes excitement at Will Davis getting him caught in t he deep was understandable.
SHOT OF THE MATCH Twice Arron Lilley lifted Jake Ball up and over the third man area for fours.
UNSUNG HERO Gavin Griffiths, a former T20 Finals Day winner with Lancashire, claimed the important wickets of Duckett and Clarke in three impressive overs.
WHAT’S NEXT Leicestershire face Durham at Chester-le-Street on Wednesday in their next fixture, whilst Notts welcome Birmingham Bears to Trent Bridge next Friday.
Notts Outlaws - Alex Hales, Joe Clarke, Ben Duckett, Tom Moores(wk), Daniel Christian(c), Imad Wasim, Samit Patel, Luke Fletcher, Luke Wood, Jake Ball, Harry Gurney
Leicestershire Foxes - Mark Cosgrove, Harry Swindells, Arron Lilley, Colin Ackermann(c), Lewis Hill(wk), Harry Dearden, Aadil Ali, Dieter Klein, Callum Parkinson, Gavin Griffiths, Will Davis
Game abandoned without a ball bowled
Gloucestershire suffered their third successive Vitality Blast washout at Essex Eagles' Chelmsford.
Gloucestershire haven’t bowled a ball in their last three trips to Essex in T20 cricket, after similarly rain-affected matches in 2017 and 2018.
And 2019 was added to that list at 8pm as umpires Neil Bainton and Nick Cook called the game off, without a toss, after persistent rain.
In truth, there never appeared a chance of any play after steady rain throughout most of the afternoon; with more precipitation forecast throughout the rest of the evening.
The point aside means both Essex and Gloucestershire remain on just one win from their opening four and three fixtures respectively.
Gloucestershire have been particularly unfortunate with the weather so far in the competition with two no results.
While sixth-placed Essex have lost to Kent Spitfires and Middlesex, either side of a sensational victory over Surrey.
Both sides are next in action on Thursday evening, with Gloucestershire travelling to winless Glamorgan and Essex hosting Hampshire.
©Cricket World 2019