Friends Life t20, 1st Semi-Final: Lancashire v Leicestershire at Birmingham, Aug 27, 2011
Friends Life t20 - 1st semi final
Match tied (D/L method) (Leicestershire won the one-over eliminator)
27 August 2011 (20-over match)

Glen Chapple will open the bowling. Strap in folks.

Here come the teams...a hint of drizzle in the air, but it shouldn't hold things up

10.55am Just a few minutes to go. Which team will set the tone? McDonald is the tournament's leading run-scorer and James Taylor will want to prove a point after missing out on the England squads yesterday.

10.45am An interesting player in the Leicestershire side is Matthew Boyce. He's a batsman by trade, but is picked virtually as a specialist fielder in this format. He's batted once this year in the tournament. Meanwhile, Junaid Khan is a big loss for Lancashire after he was called up for Pakistan duty. His death bowling has been outstanding this year.

10.40am Lancashire Stephen Moore, Tom Smith, Steven Croft, Karl Brown, Paul Horton, Gareth Cross, Farveez Maharoof, Sajid Mahmood, Glen Chapple, Stephen Parry, Gary Keedy

Leicestershire Andrew McDonald, Josh Cobb, Will Jefferson, Jacques du Toit, James Taylor, Abdul Razzaq, Paul Nixon, Claude Henderson, Wayne White, Matthew Boyce, Matthew Hoggard

First semi-final: Lancashire have won the toss and decided to bowl. Glen Chapple is back as captain and will go head-to-head with another senior English seamer in Matthew Hoggard.

10.35am The Sky commentators arrived at the ground in a variety of transport...the 'south' commentators in a limo and the 'north' in a rented van! No stereotyping there. Bumble on a flat-cap, too. Brilliant stuff.

10.25am Hello and welcome to our coverage of the Friends Life t20 Finals Day from Edgbaston. I'm Andrew McGlashan and will bring you the action for the first half of the day, then it will be over to Andrew Miller. At the ground we have Sahil Dutta and Liam Brickhill who will be trying to resist joining in the mascot race so they can provide the match reports.

This is always a fun day and, last year, threw up a very dramatic finish when Hampshire won the title with a tie over Somerset at The Rose Bowl. The second semi-final today is a rematch of that game, but first up we have Leicestershire against Lancashire. Don't forget, also, that the two finalists qualify for the Champions League qualifiers so there's plenty riding on today. Here's Sahil's team-by-team preview full of (fairly) interesting information.

There are plenty of exciting players on show today. Jos Buttler, yesterday named in the England T20 squad, will be part of a strong Somerset middle order and Liam caught up with him before Finals Day, while we'll also see Danny Briggs and James Taylor.

However, one of the best stories of the day could involve Paul Nixon, the Leicestershire wicketkeeper, who is retiring after this season. The Friends Life t20 crown would be a fine way to finish...but Nixon doesn't want to stop there. He's been a wonderful servant for the game.


Chapple to Cobb, OUT, gone! First ball. What a start for Lancashire! Cobb pushes outside off and it's a sharp catch from Gareth Cross. There was a hint of movement, but it was a nervous shot from Cobb

JJ Cobb c †Cross b Chapple 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Chapple to Jefferson, no run, extra bounce this time and it takes Jefferson on the glove...that's a decent effort because he's very tall

Slip in place now


Chapple to Jefferson, 1 wide, pushes this one down the leg side so Leicestershire are off the mark


Chapple to Jefferson, no run, back of a length and played into the leg side. Chapple scurries after it


Chapple to Jefferson, FOUR, gets this one through the off side, just a hint of width and it's a strong square drive that races through point


Chapple to Jefferson, no run, comes forward and plays with an open face to backward point


Chapple to Jefferson, no run, ooh, he nearly pops this in the air towards point but it's safe enough in the end. Excellent start for Chapple and Lancashire

End of over 1 (5 runs) Leicestershire 5/1 (RR: 5.00)

    • WI Jefferson 4 (5b 1x4)
    • AB McDonald 0 (0b)
    • G Chapple 1-0-5-1

Farveez Maharoof will share the new ball. Will the Roof be on fire today?


Maharoof to McDonald, 1 leg bye, starts well with one that nips back into the pads but they scamper a leg bye


Maharoof to Jefferson, no run, beaten! This one nips back again off the seam and beats the inside edge of a loose drive. Actually flew over middle stump


Maharoof to Jefferson, FOUR, that's a good response, took a good stride into the ball and drove it in the air straight down the ground


Maharoof to Jefferson, no run, does him again on the inside edge as Jefferson tries to drive and again it's not far from the stumps


Maharoof to Jefferson, 1 wide, short ball goes down the leg side and that's an easy call for the umpire

"Good crowd in," says Liam. "There are a few empty seats, but the latecomers are streaming in en masse." A few hundred tickets still available for anyone who fancies them


Maharoof to Jefferson, 1 run, opens the face and plays gently towards backward point for a well-judged single


Maharoof to McDonald, no run, worked into the leg side and can't find a gap

End of over 2 (7 runs) Leicestershire 12/1 (RR: 6.00)

    • AB McDonald 0 (2b)
    • WI Jefferson 9 (9b 2x4)
    • MF Maharoof 1-0-6-0
    • G Chapple 1-0-5-1

Chapple to Jefferson, FOUR, poor ball, short and on the pads. Jefferson swings it away to long leg...he's started well


Chapple to Jefferson, 1 run, worked into the square leg area


Chapple to McDonald, FOUR, only McDonald's third ball, but he gives himself room and cracks it away through backward point


Chapple to McDonald, 1 leg bye, bowler responds with a good short ball that gets McDonald in a tangle as he's smashed on the visor...good job he was wearing one


Chapple to Jefferson, FOUR, wrong line from Chapple, down the leg side and he has fine leg up so the batsman just needs to help it past the fielder which he does easily


Chapple to Jefferson, FOUR, excellent from Jefferson as he drives this through the covers off the back foot

Leicestershire have recovered really well from the early wicket...going at 10-an-over now

End of over 3 (18 runs) Leicestershire 30/1 (RR: 10.00)

    • WI Jefferson 22 (13b 5x4)
    • AB McDonald 4 (4b 1x4)
    • G Chapple 2-0-22-1
    • MF Maharoof 1-0-6-0

McDonald has needed some treatment after that blow. Looks like a cut on his chin. He's fine to continue


Maharoof to McDonald, 2 runs, angled down to third man, they run hard and it forces a fumble from Sajid Mahmood which allows them back for a second


Maharoof to McDonald, no run, ooh, close for Maharoof as McDonald has a huge swing across the line and is almost bowled


Maharoof to McDonald, no run, nicely bowled, squares McDonald up a touch and he plays back towards Maharoof


Maharoof to McDonald, 1 run, worked off the stumps out to deep square leg


Maharoof to Jefferson, 1 run, back of a length, played into the off side and it's a tight single but Croft doesn't hit from point


Maharoof to McDonald, OUT, gone! Big wicket as McDonald doesn't get hold of a pull and picks out mid-on. Lancashire needed that. The tournament's top scoring falls and he's broken his bat as well. Looks like the broken bat cost him his wicket, meant he couldn't get any power in the shot

AB McDonald c Parry b Maharoof 7 (17m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 77.77

End of over 4 (4 runs) Leicestershire 34/2 (RR: 8.50)

    • WI Jefferson 23 (14b 5x4)
    • MF Maharoof 2-0-10-1
    • G Chapple 2-0-22-1

First change of bowling as Sajid Mahmood comes into the attack


Mahmood to Jefferson, OUT, gone! What a start from Mahmood. Superb yorker and Jefferson is cleaned up with middle stump out of the ground

WI Jefferson b Mahmood 23 (19m 15b 5x4 0x6) SR: 153.33

Now Lancashire are on top. How quickly a Twenty20 game can change

From the large to the's James Taylor. Needs to settle the innings here and neither batsman has faced a ball


Mahmood to Taylor, 1 wide, down the leg side, and this is what you'll get from Mahmood, a real mixture of good and bad


Mahmood to Taylor, no run, touch short outside off and Taylor cuts to backward point

Paul Nixon jumping around in the dugout


Mahmood to Taylor, 3 runs, cut away hard and Croft makes a good half-stop at backward point which prevents a boundary. Has Croft hurt himself?


Mahmood to du Toit, 1 run, extra bounce from Mahmood but du Toit is able to fend it away to third man

Croft now fielding on the boundary so he can gets his hand taped up


Mahmood to Taylor, 1 run, rides the bounce well and opens the face to backward point


Mahmood to du Toit, 1 run, angled away to third man

End of over 5 (7 runs) Leicestershire 41/3 (RR: 8.20)

    • J du Toit 2 (2b)
    • JWA Taylor 4 (3b)
    • SI Mahmood 1-0-7-1
    • MF Maharoof 2-0-10-1

Chapple switches ends


Chapple to du Toit, 1 run, worked round the corner to short fine leg who is deep enough to allow a single


Chapple to Taylor, 1 run, another open-faced glide to third man...a busy start from Taylor


Chapple to du Toit, 1 run, uses his feet and backs away to leg, but Chapple follow him which cramped him for room


Chapple to Taylor, no run, tries to cut this but gets a bottom edge past the stumps


Chapple to Taylor, 1 run, more width this time and it allows Taylor to free his arms with a cut to third man

Plenty of colourful characters in the crowd today


Chapple to du Toit, no run, a good one to end the over and he's beaten

That's the end of the Powerplay. Decent run rate, but Lancashire have three vital wickets

End of over 6 (4 runs) Leicestershire 45/3 (RR: 7.50)

    • J du Toit 4 (5b)
    • JWA Taylor 6 (6b)
    • G Chapple 3-0-26-1
    • SI Mahmood 1-0-7-1

Mahmood to Taylor, 2 runs, a strong pull from Taylor towards deep square who makes a slight fumble and he sprints back for the second


Mahmood to Taylor, 1 run, runs this down to third man


Mahmood to du Toit, 2 runs, short again and another pull, deep square has to make ground towards deep midwicket

"Lancashire have shown in the field that practice does indeed make imperfect," says Sahil. "In the morning drills player after player misfielded and they seem to have taken that into the game."


Mahmood to du Toit, 1 run, worked down to mid-on who is fairly deep


Mahmood to Taylor, 1 wide, dragged down very wide, was an attempted slower ball that went wrong


Mahmood to Taylor, FOUR, superb shot from Taylor, was a short ball and he rolled his wrists with a powerful pull through midwicket...touch of class about that. No top edge like against Ireland the other day


Mahmood to Taylor, 2 runs, on leg stump, tucked through midwicket and more excellent running between these two

These two have settled things down for Leicestershire. Need to form a platform for Razzaq

End of over 7 (13 runs) Leicestershire 58/3 (RR: 8.28)

    • JWA Taylor 15 (10b 1x4)
    • J du Toit 7 (7b)
    • SI Mahmood 2-0-20-1
    • G Chapple 3-0-26-1

Time for spin. Here's Stephen Parry, the left-armer


Parry to du Toit, no run, round the wicket, middle and off, pushed into the leg side


Parry to du Toit, FOUR, moves across outside off and sweeps strongly in front of square...terrific shot


Parry to du Toit, 1 run, dragged down this time, worked off the back foot through midwicket


Parry to Taylor, no run, drifts in with the arm, an appeal for lbw but Taylor's outside off stump


Parry to Taylor, no run, cramped for room a little as he cuts to backward point


Parry to Taylor, no run, shovelled into the on side but Parry dives across to pull off a good stop

End of over 8 (5 runs) Leicestershire 63/3 (RR: 7.87)

    • JWA Taylor 15 (13b 1x4)
    • J du Toit 12 (10b 1x4)
    • SD Parry 1-0-5-0
    • SI Mahmood 2-0-20-1

Double spin. Here's Gary Keedy. Always fun to commentate on two spinners who race through their overs! Sounds as though Keedy is off to Warwickshire next year. Anyway...


Keedy to du Toit, FOUR, greeted first ball by a strong reverse sweep...connects cleanly and beats deep cover


Keedy to du Toit, OUT, lovely bowling, what a way to answer the reverse sweep. Keedy tossed this up and it turned sharply past the outside edge as du Toit came down the pitch. Simple stumping.

J du Toit st †Cross b Keedy 16 (20m 12b 2x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

Here comes Paul Nixon. This could be the last game of his 23-year career but he'll be determined to ensure it isn't


Keedy to Nixon, no run, well well, Nixon brings out the reverse sweep first ball and misses


Keedy to Nixon, 1 run, more traditional this time as he works out to deep square

"The pitch has a really dry, brown look to it, and that ball from Keedy really ragged," notes Liam. "Hampshire's gaggle of spinners will be watching with interest." Indeed they will.


Keedy to Taylor, no run, ooh, Taylor caught on the back foot as is square up by the turn. A leading edge goes into the off side


Keedy to Taylor, no run, missed stumping, that could be a huge moment. Taylor drawn out of his crease and it turns sharply again, but Cross can't gather it and kicks the ground in frustration

Lovely over from Keedy

End of over 9 (5 runs) Leicestershire 68/4 (RR: 7.55)

    • JWA Taylor 15 (15b 1x4)
    • PA Nixon 1 (2b)
    • G Keedy 1-0-5-1
    • SD Parry 1-0-5-0

Parry to Nixon, 1 run, tucked into the square-leg area


Parry to Taylor, 1 run, arm ball, Taylor pushes into the off side


Parry to Nixon, 2 wides, pushed down the leg side, Cross fumbles again


Parry to Taylor, no run, played into the off side


Parry to Taylor, 1 run, dragged down short, pulled away once bounce to deep square-leg


Parry to Nixon, 1 run, swept firmly out to deep midwicket


Parry to Taylor, no run, big appeal for lbw! He's caught on the back foot and that must have been close. It was hitting middle halfway up! Another escape for Taylor

End of over 10 (6 runs) Leicestershire 74/4 (RR: 7.40)

    • JWA Taylor 17 (19b 1x4)
    • PA Nixon 3 (4b)
    • SD Parry 2-0-11-0
    • G Keedy 1-0-5-1

Keedy to Nixon, 1 run, played through square leg


Keedy to Taylor, 1 run, played towards mid-on


Keedy to Nixon, FOUR, strong reverse sweep, he connects well and beats a diving deep point


Keedy to Nixon, 1 run, tossed up outside off, driven through the off side

"It's pouring down where I'm living in Birmingham," says Amir. That's not good news


Keedy to Taylor, no run, stumping appeal goes to third umpire, but Taylor has just managed to push his foot back behind the line. Lovely bowling, again, from Keedy


Keedy to Taylor, 1 run, cut away to backward point who dives but can't prevent the run

Taylor having problems against Keedy

End of over 11 (8 runs) Leicestershire 82/4 (RR: 7.45)

    • JWA Taylor 19 (22b 1x4)
    • PA Nixon 9 (7b 1x4)
    • G Keedy 2-0-13-1
    • SD Parry 2-0-11-0

Parry to Taylor, OUT, gone this time! There's help for the spinners. Taylor comes down the track and is beaten by turn from Parry (who has spun it less than Keedy) and Cross makes up for his earlier miss. Sketchy innings from Taylor

JWA Taylor st †Cross b Parry 19 (29m 23b 1x4 0x6) SR: 82.60

Here's Leicestershire's x-factor - Abdul Razzaq, but he has to rebuild first


Parry to Abdul Razzaq, no run, defended gently to the off side


Parry to Abdul Razzaq, no run, patted back to the bowler


Parry to Abdul Razzaq, no run, nudged back down the pitch to Parry


Parry to Abdul Razzaq, no run, chopped down to backward point


Parry to Abdul Razzaq, no run, lovely ball to end with, beats the outside edge and that's a wicket maiden. Fine effort.

Lancashire's first maiden of this year's tournament.

End of over 12 (wicket maiden) Leicestershire 82/5 (RR: 6.83)

    • Abdul Razzaq 0 (5b)
    • PA Nixon 9 (7b 1x4)
    • SD Parry 3-1-11-1
    • G Keedy 2-0-13-1

"The ground is bathed in sunshine now but I really don't like the look of the bank of grey cloud floating across from the west," says Liam, to back up Amir's earlier point


Keedy to Nixon, 1 run, swept to deep square leg


Keedy to Abdul Razzaq, no run, short and wide, but Razzaq can't get it away as he finds cover


Keedy to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, drives and beats cover this time but the sweeper does the job

Here come the players. Ready for more action. Hopefully no more showers, but radar suggests otherwise

12.30pm Good news folks, a 12.40pm restart with 18 overs per side

12.20pm Covers coming off, so fingers crossed we'll be back on soon

12.15pm Raining again. Bah.

12.05pm Good news, the rain has stopped and blue sky is approaching.

12.00pm "Happily, it doesn't look like the rain is here to stay," Liam says. "Patches of blue in the distance already." Here's the rain radar..been used a lot this summer!

"Why oh why did they schedule Finals day for a bank holiday weekend?" says Mark Long. "Surely they know that it always rains on a bank holiday weekend!"

11.55am: Rain stopped played Oh dear, the rain has arrived. Covers coming on. Groundstaff very quick with the main cover. Not very nice out there right now. There is half-an-hour to play with for each semi before overs are lost

Amir, who predicted this rain, says the sun is now out where he lives. So hopefully it won't be a long break.


Keedy to Nixon, no run, big appeal for lbw but he's outside the line


Keedy to Nixon, 1 run, goes for the sweep, places it between deep square and deep midwicket but there's some good fielding


Keedy to Abdul Razzaq, no run, big turn, beats Razzaq as he plays forward

End of over 13 (3 runs) Leicestershire 85/5 (RR: 6.53)

    • Abdul Razzaq 1 (8b)
    • PA Nixon 11 (10b 1x4)
    • G Keedy 3-0-16-1
    • SD Parry 3-1-11-1

Parry to Nixon, 1 run, onto the back foot, worked down to long on


Parry to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, gives himself a hint of room and cuts to short third man


Parry to Nixon, 1 run, comes across the stumps and sweeps to deep square-leg


Parry to Abdul Razzaq, no run, well bowled, follows the batsman who can't free his arms


Parry to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, back in the crease and worked to midwicket


Parry to Nixon, no run, another lbw appeal. This one was closer, but Nixon is just outside the line

End of over 14 (4 runs) Leicestershire 89/5 (RR: 6.35)

    • PA Nixon 13 (13b 1x4)
    • Abdul Razzaq 3 (11b)
    • SD Parry 4-1-15-1
    • G Keedy 3-0-16-1

Keedy to Abdul Razzaq, no run, cuts and misses


Keedy to Abdul Razzaq, SIX, there we go, Razzaq's had enough prodding as he launches Keedy straight down the ground...first six of Finals Day


Keedy to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, driven down to long off


Keedy to Nixon, 1 run, wide outside off, flat-batted down the ground


Keedy to Abdul Razzaq, no run, gee, that has turned square...Razzaq is beaten


Keedy to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, dabbed into the off side so he keeps the strike

That's the end of Lancashire's main spinners

End of over 15 (9 runs) Leicestershire 98/5 (RR: 6.53)

    • Abdul Razzaq 11 (16b 1x6)
    • PA Nixon 14 (14b 1x4)
    • G Keedy 4-0-25-1
    • SD Parry 4-1-15-1

Vital three overs to come with pace back on the's Maharoof


Maharoof to Abdul Razzaq, SIX, don't bowl length to Razzaq, it disappears like this...he stays in the crease and swings it high over deep midwicket


Maharoof to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, outside off and cut away to deep cover


Maharoof to Nixon, 1 run, slower ball, Nixon opens the face and plays to point...just about giving Razzaq the strike


Maharoof to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, ooh, well bowled but the inside edge almost beat short fine leg...Keedy manages to get a hand on it


Maharoof to Nixon, 1 run, clubbed down to long on who does well to keep them to a single


Maharoof to Abdul Razzaq, FOUR, he's going now, doesn't quite connect but gets it well enough to find the deep midwicket boundary

End of over 16 (14 runs) Leicestershire 112/5 (RR: 7.00)

    • Abdul Razzaq 23 (20b 1x4 2x6)
    • PA Nixon 16 (16b 1x4)
    • MF Maharoof 3-0-24-1
    • G Keedy 4-0-25-1

Mahmood back into the attack


Mahmood to Nixon, 2 runs, low full toss, slower ball, worked along the ground through midwicket


Mahmood to Nixon, 1 run, full on the stumps, hacked away towards short fine leg


Mahmood to Abdul Razzaq, no run, goes short and beats Razzaq's attempted pull shot


Mahmood to Abdul Razzaq, 1 wide, that's not good, full toss down the leg side...nearly a no-ball, but called a wide


Mahmood to Abdul Razzaq, SIX, picks this up nicely, great timing as Razzaq flicks over deep square leg with a free swing


Mahmood to Abdul Razzaq, OUT, has a huge swing, doesn't leave his crease but Paul Nixon sprinted up for the bye and sacrifices himself to ensure Razzaq stays in

PA Nixon run out 19 (30m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 105.55


Mahmood to Abdul Razzaq, FOUR, that's why Razzaq needed to stay in. Dispatches Mahmood straight down the ground. Vital runs for Leicestershire

End of over 17 (14 runs) Leicestershire 126/6 (RR: 7.41)

    • Abdul Razzaq 33 (24b 2x4 3x6)
    • WA White 0 (0b)
    • SI Mahmood 3-0-34-1
    • MF Maharoof 3-0-24-1

Six balls left


Maharoof to White, 1 run, gives himself room and drives out to the deep cover sweeper


Maharoof to Abdul Razzaq, 2 runs, a big lofted drive over cover, long off sprints around and slips but manages to complete the fielding


Maharoof to Abdul Razzaq, no run, slower ball bouncer and beats Razzaq


Maharoof to Abdul Razzaq, no run, ooh, that was very close to wide outside off but he gets away with it...lucky bowler


Maharoof to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, full at the stumps and can only drill it to cover on the edge of the circle...Maharoof doing well here


Maharoof to White, 2 runs, goes right across outside off, heaved away over midwicket and a fumble allows them back for the second but an excellent final over from Maharoof

So Leicestershire have reached 132 for 6. That will be adjusted a little on Duckworth-Lewis. Will confirm how much shortly. Lancashire perhaps slight favourites because they know what they need to do. Target has been confirmed as 134. Will be back for the chase shortly.

End of over 18 (6 runs) Leicestershire 132/6

    • WA White 3 (2b)
    • Abdul Razzaq 36 (28b 2x4 3x6)
    • MF Maharoof 4-0-30-1
    • SI Mahmood 3-0-34-1





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