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Leicestershire win by 2 wickets

Worcs vs Leics

Eckersley stuns Royals

Youngster blasts 72 not out as Foxes chase down 224

Ned Eckersley: Struck a blistering 72 not out

Leicestershire climbed off the bottom of the Clydesdale Bank 40 Group A after Ned Eckersley led them to a thrilling two-wicket win over fellow-strugglers Worcestershire.

Chasing a testing target of 224, the Foxes looked out of the hunt at 107-6 until Eckersley hammered a blistering unbeaten 72 to secure an unlikely victory with an over to spare.

Vikram Solanki had earlier top-scored with 41 for the Royals, while Moeen Ali (30) and Neil Pinner (31) chipped in with useful contributions.

Josh Cobb anchored the Foxes reply with a patient 51, but the rest of the batting failed to fire until Wayne White and Eckersley came together.

Eckersley dominated a seventh-wicket stand of 85, bludgeoning seven sixes in his swashbuckling 44-ball knock.

White provided crucial support before being trapped lbw by Jack Shantry for 22, and Moeen dismissed Robert Taylor next over to set up a tense finale.

But Eckersley and Jamie Sykes held their nerve to earn the Foxes only their third win of the competition.

Match Details

19th Aug 2012
Leicestershire won the toss and elected to bowl.
New Road, Worcester
T E Jesty and D J Millns


Batsman R
J.J. Cobb b Mitchell 51
Sarwan c Andrew b N.L. Harrison 1
M.A. Thornely c Kervezee b N.L. Harrison 18
S.J. Thakor st Scott b D'Oliveira 22
Boyce c&b D'Oliveira 7
W.S. Jones b Mitchell 1
White lbw b Shantry 22
Eckersley not out 72
R.M.L. Taylor c Solanki b Ali 2
J.S. Sykes not out 12
Extras 4nb, 5w, 7lb 16
Total 39.0 Overs 224 - 8
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
Shantry 8 1 44 1
N.L. Harrison 8 1 54 2
Ali 7 0 47 1
D'Oliveira 8 0 35 2
Mitchell 8 0 37 2
Full Bowling Card