Leicestershire 141 for 6 beat Lancashire 127 for 9 by 14 runs
Leicestershire spin duo Brad Hodge and Claude Henderson ended Lancashire's unbeaten start to their Friends Provident t20 campaign with a 14-run win at Old Trafford. The home side were reasonably well placed in their pursuit of 142 at 63 for 1 in the 10th over but they slipped to 104 for 7 in the 18th with Henderson and Hodge the catalysts.
Offspinner Hodge, who spent four seasons as Lancashire's overseas player ending in 2008, took 2 for 16 from his four overs and Henderson 2 for 19. Captain Matthew Hoggard also claimed 3 for 19 as Lancashire finished 127 for 9. The visitors have now won two North Division matches on the bounce.
James Benning top scored with a season's best 49 off 45 balls as his side posted a competitive 141 for 6. Stephen Parry took 3 for 26 for Lancashire. Jacques du Toit and Benning shared 35 for the first wicket before the former chipped Glen Chapple to midwicket for 31, leaving the score at 35 for 1 in the fifth.
Parry bowled Hodge for four but Paul Nixon came in and planted two maximums over mid-wicket and wide long on during his next over, the ninth. Leicestershire reached 68 for 2 after 10. After scoring just two runs in the opening partnership Benning hit his first boundary in the 11th over when he swept left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan.
He also hit his first six, swept in front of square off Parry, to bring up his side's 100 for the loss of two wickets in the 15th. Leicestershire, however, were three down before the end of the over because Nixon, on the reverse sweep, found a diving Paul Horton running in from the square leg boundary.
Horton did superbly to hold on because he collided with Kerrigan running round from fine leg, with 101 for 3 the score. Benning and Nixon had added 53 in 44 balls for the third wicket. Benning then found Kerrigan in the deep off Parry in the 17th before Wayne White was run out in the same over to leave the score at 112 for 5. Josh Cobb was also run out in the last but he and James Taylor added a handy 21 for the sixth wicket.
Lancashire lost Horton to Hoggard in the first over of their chase but Simon Katich, dropped on four by Nixon, hit three boundaries off Harry Gurney in the second over. He and Tom Smith shared 57 for the second wicket but that was as good as it got for the hosts.
Katich's dismissal, stumped off Hodge, was the first of seven wickets to fall for 49 runs to end the contest. Stephen Moore was bowled off his body by Henderson, who later bowled Mahmood, while Hodge also snared Steven Croft.
Hoggard added his second and third wickets, those of Mark Chilton caught behind and Smith caught by Benning at deep midwicket. Nadeem Malik also took two wickets. Leicestershire were also the only side to beat Lancashire in last season's competition, aside from the Somerset bowl out in the last eight.