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May 27, 2013
Leicestershire 256 for 4 (Cobb 128*, Thakor 64*) beat Unicorns 253 for 8 (Lancefield 58, Park 54, Taylor 3-45) by six wickets
A second century in consecutive days from Josh Cobb guided Leicestershire to a six-wicket win over the Unicorns. Cobb's 128 off just 108 balls helped steer the Foxes past the Unicorns' 253 with an over to spare as he and Shiv Thakor put on an unbeaten 136.
For Cobb, 22, it followed his 130 in the victory against Somerset on Sunday and contained four sixes and nine fours.
Tom Lancefield's 58 had helped the home side set a potentially testing target at Wormsley but Cobb and Thakor steadied the ship after Leicestershire had been 120 for 4.
Cobb and Niall O'Brien put on 66 for the first wicket before O'Brien came unstuck off the bowling of Aneurin Norman with Vishal Tripathi taking the catch. Greg Smith scored 14 before he fell lbw to Luke Beaven and Joe Burns followed for just 4 as Keith Parsons took a catch off Norman.
And when Matthew Boyce was bowled by Michael O'Shea to leave Leicestershire 120 for 4, the Unicorns may have just been sensing their first win of the season. But Thakor's unbeaten half-century provided able support for Cobb and sealed the win with a four off the bowling of Devon Endersby.
Leicestershire put the Unicorns in and the home team were going at a good rate when the first wicket fell in the eighth over. Lewis Hill had scored 26 of the Unicorns' 32 runs at that point but went as Burns took a catch off the bowling of Rob Taylor.
Lancefield and O'Shea then put on 82 for the second wicket going at a brisk six an over but O'Shea was run out in the 21st over for 32. Lancefield followed as Taylor had him lbw but Garry Park and Tripathi then put on 71 for the fourth wicket in just nine overs before the latter was stumped for 43 off the bowling of Thakor.
Park brought up his half-century off the final ball of the 35th over but Parsons fell for just three in the 36th to become Taylor's third victim of the day. Park followed just six balls later as Boyce took a catch off Anthony Ireland.
Norman was next to fall for 7 as Taylor took a catch off to give Ireland another wicket before Endersby was run out off the final ball of the innings.
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