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Unicorns win by 42 runs

Leics vs Unicorns

Yorkshire Bank 40: Unicorns finish on a high thanks to Matt Lineker's 132

Matt Lineker: Unicorns batsman continued recent good form

Matt Lineker hit his second century in six days as Unicorns ended their Yorkshire Bank 40 season on a high with a 42-run victory against Leicestershire at Grace Road.

The 28-year-old former Derbyshire batsman scored 132 off 106 balls to steer Unicorns to 259-5 after they had been put into bat. It followed the 107 he made against Yorkshire last Tuesday.

And then a feeble batting performance by the Foxes saw them bowled out for 217 in 39 overs, with seamer Garry Park claiming career best one-day figures of 4-39, giving Unicorns the only win of the campaign in their final game.

The shock defeat ended the Foxes' slim hopes of reaching the semi-finals.

It was a lacklustre effort from the home side with both bat and ball, and some loose bowling allowed Lineker and Tom Lancefield to post an opening partnership of 114 in 23 overs.

Dominated

Lineker dominated the stand with some bold attacking shots, reaching 50 off 44 balls with six fours plus a massive six off Michael Thornely. The century partnership was brought up with a cheeky reverse sweep by Lancefield.

But having contributed 38 to the stand Lancefield was bowled by a quicker ball from Josh Cobb. Lineker however, continued to punish the Foxes wayward attack and Park also chipped in with a six off Alex Wyatt.

Another boundary by Lineker - his 14th - took him to his century off 86 balls.

Park, who shared a stand of 81 in 10 overs with Lineker was bowled by Anthony Ireland for 31 and Bharat Tripathi was then beaten by a yorker from Shiv Thakor for 10.

When Lineker finally holed out to long leg off Thornely he had hit 17 fours and two sixes.

Unicorns scored 91 off the last 10 overs helped by 39 runs coming off two oves from Ireland and Thakor.

Disintegrated

The Foxes made a good start to the chase with Cobb hitting a run-a-ball half century in an opening stand of 89 with Niall O'Brien (44).

But when the two of them were out in the space of five overs the innings disintegrated.

Only Ned Eckersley (25) and Tom Wells (25 not out) offered any resistance, with Park picking up the wickets of Eckersley, Matt Boyce, Ireland and James Sykes to complete a memorable victory for Unicorns.

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Match Details

Date
18th Aug 2013
Toss
Leicestershire won the toss and elected to bowl.
Venue
Grace Road, Leicester
Umpires
G Sharp, N L Bainton

leics BATTING CARD

Batsman R
J.J. Cobb lbw Poysden 53
N.J. O'Brien c&b Beaven 44
G.P. Smith c Park b Beaven 14
E.J.H. Eckersley c&b Park 25
M.A.G. Boyce c&b Park 18
S.J. Thakor run out (Skidmore) 12
M.A. Thornely b Skidmore 11
T.J. Wells Not out 25
A.J. Ireland c Endersby b Park 6
J.S. Sykes c Reed b Park 0
A.C.F. Wyatt b Skidmore 0
Extras 7w, 1b, 1lb 9
Total All Out, 39.0 Overs 217
Full Batting Card

unicorns BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
C.J. Skidmore 8 0 47 2
D.T. Reed 6 1 36 0
J.E. Poysden 8 0 35 1
D.M. Endersby 2 0 16 0
L.E. Beaven 7 0 42 2
G.T. Park 8 0 39 4
Full Bowling Card