Leicestershire v Notts, Flt20 North Group, Grace Rd July 12, 2013

Cobb ends Nottinghamshire's run


Leicestershire 161 for 3 (Cobb 67*) beat Nottinghamshire 158 for 6 (Patel 50, Thakor 3-30) by seven wickets

Leicestershire captain Josh Cobb hit a career best unbeaten 67 to end Nottinghamshire's 100 per cent record in the Friends Life t20 clash at Grace Road.

Cobb led by example, clubbing seven fours and a six in his 52-ball innings, as Leicestershire chased down a victory target of 159 with 14 balls to spare. Bangladesh star Shakib Al Hasan struck a blistering 43 off 21 balls in a fourth-wicket stand of 67 with Cobb as the Outlaws lost for the first time in five games in the competition this season.

For once their powerful batting line-up failed to fire. Samit Patel top scored with 50 off 32 balls but Nottinghamshire could only post a below-par total of 158 for 6 after being put into bat.

Alex Hales and Michael Lumb gave them a good start putting on 41 in the first five overs, with Lumb hitting two sixes off Anthony Ireland. But once Lumb skied a catch off Rob Taylor and was out for 23, and Hales edged behind off Shakib for 27, the momentum went out of the visitors' innings.

Patel and James Taylor (33 off 32 balls) did their best to step up the pace, but some tight bowling from Shakib, Cobb and Shiv Thakor kept Nottinghamshire in check. Thakor with some accurate medium paced seamers dismissed Patel, Chris Read and Steven Mullaney to finish with 3 for 30.

The last 10 overs only brought Nottinghamshire 69 runs and Leicestershire made light work of the chase after a bad start when Greg Smith edged behind in Luke Fletcher's opening over. Cobb and Joe Burns put on 55 in the next six overs before Burns, dropped when he had made just seven, was caught at cover off Mullaney for 26.

Niall O'Brien was stumped for 14 going down the pitch to left arm spinner Graeme White but that proved to be the Outlaws' last success. Cobb, dropped twice, made the most of his fortune, reaching his 50 off 38 balls.

Shakib hammered three fours and three sixes in his whirlwind 43, with Cobb striking the winning runs off the fourth ball of the 18th over to give the Foxes their second win in six games.

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  • Rafelgibt on July 14, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    After hitting 43 of 21 balls and had bowled 4-0-21-1, how SHAKIB missed the MOM award???Really amazing!!!

  • dummy4fb on July 13, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    Good Knock by JJ Cobb! Loved it! After a long time, we saw some great batting by Cobb! Hope he continues his career like this!

  • Samad.Sylhet.Mitali.Raynogor on July 13, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    Shakib showed his class!!Notts you better get back Shakibs mate Tamim Iqbal in your team ...

  • dummy4fb on July 13, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    Shakib is the best...........

  • dummy4fb on July 13, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    sakib is the best alrounder in the wrold,here it another exemple.....

  • dummy4fb on July 13, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    Shakib's cracking the whip..

  • Warm_Coffee on July 12, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    Excellent all-round performance by Shakib. That's why he is rated 1 of the top performing all-rounders in the last 3 years. Leicestershire are missing the trick, Shakib is only contracted to play T20s but he should also play YB40 so he can also help his county to qualify for the quarter finals of YB40. There is still a high possibility Leicestershire can qualify because they sit half way on the table and having Shakib who is currently ranked number 1 all-rounder in ODIs can give you that possibility.

  • LIShovon on July 12, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    Well done Shakib. We are proud of you.

  • LIShovon on July 12, 2013, 22:55 GMT

    Wow! Shakib Al Hasan come back... He played an awesome innings. He was doing well with the ball but not with the bat. Today Shakib played brilliantly with the bat as well as with the ball. We are really happy Shakib...

  • dummy4fb on July 12, 2013, 22:17 GMT

    Best of luck guys. That should have been in every match.

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