Leicestershire v Yorkshire, FLt20 North Group, Grace Road June 27, 2012

Starc seals last-ball Yorkshire win

Yorkshire 151 for 9 beat Leicestershire 147 for 9 by four runs

Defending champions Leicestershire slumped to their fifth defeat in six games in the Friends Life t20 North Group clash as Yorkshire claimed a nailbiting four-run victory in a last-ball thriller at Grace Road.

Leicestershire needed nine off the last over to reach their target of 152, but managed only four runs off Mitchell Starc, to finish on 147 for 9, having restricted the White Rose to 151 for 9.

This victory took Yorkshire to the top of the group and the final over of each innings proved decisive. The visitors scored 16 runs off the last six balls sent down by Abdul Razzaq, with Richard Pyrah hitting sixes off his first two deliveries.

Four run outs did not help Leicestershire's cause either, but they looked on course for victory when Ramnaresh Sarwan and Wayne White shared a fifth wicket stand of 56 - the only half-century partnership of the game.

But Sarwan, having hit 39 off 33 balls, was run out when he was sent back by White and from that point on the game swung Yorkshire's way. Leicestershire were still very much in it when they required just 17 runs off the last two overs with five wickets standing, but an excellent last over from Starc put paid to their hopes.

He bowled White for 22 off 20 balls and then flattened Nathan Buck's stumps with his final delivery to clinch victory and finish with figures of 2 for 19.

Leicestershire bowled and fielded well to keep Yorkshire in check for much of their innings, with Buck taking three for 28 in his first game in the competition this season. Razzaq claimed 3 for 37, but his final over that went for 16 proved crucial, even though three wickets came in it as well.

David Miller top scored for Yorkshire with 37 off 35 balls while Pyrah hit 35 off 23 balls and was named man of the match.

The result leaves Leicestershire bottom of the table and, with only four games left, they look to have little chance now of reaching the quarter-finals.

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  • Adam on June 29, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    To answer your question the_wallster, at the moment starc is still a bit raw whereas Hillfy & McKay are more consistent. As far a pure talent Starc is a mile in front, but the Aust. selectors thought he would be better served with some time in County Cricket. No doubt he's a very talented bowler but is still learning his craft. He has all the raw ingredients you would want in a fast bowler. Height(check), athleticism(check), technique(check), left-arm(check), pace, swing& bounce(check)

  • Sam on June 28, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Just goes to show what happens when you have a happy team environment. Hats off to Jason Gillespie and Martyn Moxon for recruiting Mitchell Starc and David Miller. Both bring great value to a happy team which has a very good blend of youth and experience. Both will play for their countries on a regular basis soon. Miller shows great maturity and explosiveness when needed...would love Yorkshire to employ him in all formats.

  • Luke on June 28, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Without a shadow of a doubt the best t20 performance I've seen yorkshire ever play. Their batting as usual was mediocre. But in the field they were as good as I've seen any international team. I've not seen an English county field better since Sussex about a year ago. Stunning in the field, and a true team performance. Brophy was lightning with the gloves, and Azeem Rafiq was superb with the ball and running the show with some superb field settings. How on earth Starc is behind McKay and Hilfenhaus for this series is beyond me. He was unbelievable at the death.

  • Bryn on June 28, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    good to see the aussies dominating english cricket and starc especially.

  • Nazmul on June 28, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    Well done Starc another exciting talent

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