Leicestershire 118 for two (Lilley 68*, Welch 41*) beat Worcestershire 116 for 9 (Kashif 24, Mike 3-20, Naveen 3-22, Parkinson 3-28) by eight wickets
Leicestershire Foxes finally gave their supporters one thing to cheer as an eight-wicket win over bottom-of-the-table Worcestershire Rapids ended a run of 4 consecutive house defeats within the Vitality Blast North Group.
The evening had begun with what Rapids followers hoped was a present of intent as Brett D’Oliveira slog-swept and minimize Parkinson for six and 4 within the opening over however that was nearly as good because it bought in a dire batting present.
The left-arm spinner pushed one via to bowl the Rapids skipper subsequent ball, earlier than Naveen had Ed Pollock brilliantly caught at brief third man off a thick edge together with his first ball. Jack Haynes heaved Wiaan Mulder over midwicket for six however he holed out to mid-off, the third casualty of a powerplay that noticed them 44 for 3.
Two extra wickets for Parkinson, who bowled Colin Munro and had Ed Barnard stumped off a large supply, added to the guests’ woes and when Gareth Roderick discovered the fielder at extensive long-on the Rapids had been 61 for six within the eleventh.
Dwayne Bravo and Kashif stopped the procession of wickets, however whereas they added 40 for the seventh wicket it took them 38 balls – a snail’s tempo on this format. Bravo clumped one six over midwicket off Rehan Ahmed however when he lofted Naveen over the long-off boundary the Afghan bowler gained revenge subsequent ball together with his nineteenth wicket of the marketing campaign, discovering the sting as the previous West Indies captain drove.
Kashif fell sufferer to a wonderful, diving catch by Swindells behind the stumps off Mike, whose two overs on the dying value solely eight runs and earned him a 3rd wicket when Josh Baker chopped on.
Mitchell Stanley, a 21-year-old quick bowler making his debut, yorked Harry Swindells to say a wicket together with his first ball in senior cricket and Rishi Patel swung ambitiously at a ball from Pat Brown that bowled him because the Foxes misplaced two wickets within the first 14 balls of the powerplay.
But Welch – making his first look of the season as considered one of two modifications within the Foxes’ line-up – and Lilley made brief work of the goal, reaching 49 with out additional loss within the powerplay earlier than getting after a disheartened Rapids assault with a flurry of boundaries, Lilley lofting Bravo over the straight boundary, taking three fours in a single over off Stanley, whose night ended with Lilley cracking the profitable boundary over additional cowl.