NatWest Pro40 - Division Two
Yorkshire Phoenix 303-4 Innings Complete (J A Rudolph 120,A W Gale 89) v Leicestershire Foxes 302-7 Innings Complete (D du Preez 107 no, T C Smith 52)
Yorkshire beat Leicestershire by 1 run
Dillon Du Preez launched a fierce onslaught against the Yorkshire bowling attack but fell just one run short of bagging a fantastic victory for Leicestershire despite his flying century.
After Yorkshire had scored a hefty 302-7 from their 40 overs at Headingley, the Foxes looked dead and buried at 129-5, but South African Du Preez's introduction almost brought about a dramatic comeback.
Du Preez hit a career-best one-day score of 107 off just 65 balls to drag Leicestershire close to their target with 18 required from the last two overs.
12 runs were needed off the last over from Rana Naved-ul-Hasan but it came down to Du Preez needing to hit a six off the last ball to win and despite finding the fence it was only a four and he fell agonisingly one run short.
Jacques Rudolph had earlier given Yorkshire a superb start with an opening stand of 170 alongside Andrew Gale - who was the first man out for 89.
Naved-ul-Hasan was soon bowled by Greg Smith but Rudolph went on to complete his century from 85 balls and eventually ended up with 120 - coming from 97 balls and including 11 fours and four sixes.
Such a huge total seemed easily enough for victory as Leicestershire stumbled to 129-5, but Du Preez made all the difference - firstly adding 94 in 11 overs with Smith.
Claude Henderson joined the party and he and Du Preez fired the Foxes towards the finish line in what ended up to be a 94-run stand.
With 18 needed from two overs Darren Gough took out Henderson's stumps while conceding just six runs to leave the visitors requiring 12 off the last to win.
Du Preez brought up his century off his 61st ball, and Jignar Naik nudged a single, the sixth run of the over, to get Du Preez on strike for the last ball.
The big hitter could only get it away for four though and Yorkshire survived a huge scare to win by a run despite Du Preez's heroics which saw him smack nine fours and seven sixes for his unbeaten 107 from 65 balls.