710dThe Report by Sahil Dutta at Edgbaston

Leicestershire hold nerve in Eliminator

Twenty20 Finals Day was introduced to its first One-over Eliminator as a mad-cap semi-final swung one way and the other before settling in Leicestershire's favour as Will Jefferson clubbed 15 runs of four balls in a dramatic finish

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SC Moore
43(31) 7x4 - 1x6
Control %70%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 20 runs
  • 3x4 - 1x6
1 4 10 2 9 14 0 3
Abdul Razzaq
36(28) 2x4 - 3x6
Control %68%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 18 runs
  • 1x4 - 2x6
0 1 1 2 1 15 0 16

Best performances - Bowlers

JJ Cobb
O1
M0
R6
W2
Eco6.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
CW Henderson
O2
M0
R8
W1
Eco4.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: M Venkat Raghav | Commentator: Andrew McGlashan

END OF OVER:
11 | 10 Runs 2 Wkts | Lancs: 79/6 (1 run required, RR: 7.18)

  • Gareth Cross12 (5b)
  • Farveez Maharoof0 (1b)
  • Wayne White1-0-9-1
  • Josh Cobb1-0-6-2

Leicestershire have won and move into the final and also a place in the Champions League qualifiers. Paul Nixon raced onto the field. His career isn't over yet. "There's a great belief in this side," Nixon says. "The underdogs are fighting"

Jefferson is Man-of-the-Match for the most important innings of his career. "Credit to him," says Glen Chapple. "We are obviously disappointed." Asked whether 13 was a good score in the one-over eliminator Chapple manages a smile. "It was about par!"

Matthew Hoggard: "Will's very destructive against spin, he watched the ball superbly well. Hats off to the batters out there."

Jefferson: "It couldn't have had more drama. Claude Henderson is a class act to produce those two dot balls."

Well, what a game that was. Amazing stuff. Whatever you say about Twenty20 cricket it certainly provides entertainment. I need to catch by breath, but will be back soon for the start of the second semi-final between Hampshire and Somerset.

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Gary Keedy will bowl for Lancashire. Reminder, Razzaq can't bat. Leicestershire need 14. Will Jefferson will be one batsman, and it looks like Josh Cobb who bagged a first-ball duck earlier. That feels like ages ago. What a bonkers game.

Ball One FOUR! mowed away through deep midwicket. Great start
Ball Two FOUR! drilled straight down the ground. Six needed off four balls
Ball Three One run: swept out to deep square leg
Ball Four One run: down the pitch, skewed out to deep cover. Four off two needed!
Ball Five SIX! Jefferson wins it with a six over deep midwicket! What a shot.

Henderson to bowl for Leicestershire. Moore on strike.

Ball One SIX! Moore comes down the pitch and lofts over long-off, great shot
Ball Two Two runs: Uses his feet and drives through the covers, sweeper can't keep them to a single
Ball Three One run: Short, pulled away to deep square leg
Ball Four FOUR! Huge top edge, deep square leg can't steady himself and it goes for four
Ball Five DOT: great yorker, dug out back to the bowler
Ball Six DOT: fired in, swing and miss. Excellent end to the over.

Lancashire have made 13

Leicestershire can't use Razzaq as a batsman because he was off the field at the end of Lancashire's innings! That's massive. I'll do my best to bring you this ball-by-ball.

What drama. Just to confirm with now have a one-over eliminator. Will bring you details shortly. Two wickets can fall in that over. Lancashire will bat first as they were chasing team. Both teams need to nominate their batsman and bowlers. And just to throw something else into the mix, more rain could be on the rain

10.6
6
White to Cross, SIX runs, IT'S A SIX...Cross launches it over long on. We have a one-over eliminator! What a match and it's not over

A six will take us to a Super Over

10.5
1b
White to Maharoof, 1 bye, swing and a miss! Maharoof doesn't connect. Leicestershire nearly there

8 off 2 balls

10.4
1
White to Cross, 1 run, another terrific yorker, heaved through the leg side it's only a single
10.3
W
White to Mahmood, 1 run, OUT, a mix up, they get a single but Mahmood is stranded having tried to come back for the second. Vital point: just one run.

SI Mahmood run out (du Toit/†Nixon/White) 1 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Lancashire desperate for a boundary

10.2
1
White to Cross, 1 run, low full toss outside off, squeezed down to short third man and it's just a single

11 off 5...Leicestershire favourites

10.1
W
White to Horton, OUT, gone! he strikes first ball, but the dot ball is as important as the wicket as Horton picks out long off

PJ Horton c Cobb b White 0 (4m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

11 needed off six balls for a place in the final and the Champions League qualifiers. It's Wayne White to bowl. No pressure.

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Lancashire 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
42SC MooreTC Smith
11SC MooreSJ Croft
12SC MooreKR Brown
0PJ HortonSC Moore
4PJ HortonGD Cross
2SI MahmoodGD Cross
8MF MaharoofGD Cross