Chapple stifles Leicestershire chase

Lancashire 154 for 6 (Moore 58) beat Leicestershire 143 for 8 (Razzaq 36) by 11 runs

Lancashire sent defending champions Leicestershire sliding to their second successive defeat in the Friends Life t20 with an 11-run victory at Grace Road.

The visitors posted 154 for 6 after a rain delayed the start, with Stephen Moore hitting a half-century off 38 balls. But, despite a quickfire 36 from Abdul Razzaq, Leicestershire could only manage 143 for 8 in reply as Glen Chapple, Yasir Arafat and Steve Parry claimed two wickets each.

The hosts made a poor start to the run chase, scoring only 10 runs in the first three overs and then losing the wicket of Ramnaresh Sarwan - caught behind off Chapple. Jacques du Toit also fell cheaply and, although Josh Cobb hit 32 off 26 balls before holing out to long-on, the Foxes were behind the required rate.

Greg Smith trod on his stumps trying to leg glance and Rob Taylor top-edged to cover as the wickets continued to tumble. Razzaq and Boyce injected some life into the innings with Razzaq clubbing two sixes, before being caught at long-off. Boyce was out for 26 off 22 balls and Leicestershire needed 20 off the last over to win but could manage only eight.

After rain delayed the start by half an hour, home captain Matthew Hoggard had no hesitation in fielding first when he won the toss. It paid quick dividends, Hoggard bowling the dangerous Tom Smith with a delivery that just clipped the off-bail. And when Steven Croft carved a catch to White at point off Taylor with the total 28 in the fifth over, Leicestershire looked in control.

However, a stand of 78 in eight overs between Moore and Brown put Lancashire back on track - with Moore posting his fifth half-century in seven limited overs innings this season. He reached it off 38 balls, hitting four boundaries plus a massive six off Taylor.

But Taylor, the young Leicestershire allrounder, had some revenge when he held on to a steepling catch to dismiss Moore for 58 off the bowling of White. It was a big wicket for the hosts and it took a lot of momentum out of Lancashire's innings.

Brown, having made 24 off 26 balls, spooned up an easy chance to square leg to give White a second wicket, and two brilliant catches in the deep by Jacques du Toit and Matt Boyce took care of Paul Horton and Gareth Cross, who were attempting big shots against Razzaq.

A brisk unbeaten 20 from Yasir Arafat helped Lancashire past 150 and, in the end, it was enough to give them their first points of the campaign.

Leics 2nd innings Partnerships

1st10RR SarwanJJ Cobb
2nd17J du ToitJJ Cobb
3rd34GP SmithJJ Cobb
4th1GP SmithRML Taylor
5th11MAG BoyceRML Taylor
6th46Abdul RazzaqMAG Boyce
7th9Abdul RazzaqWA White
8th6Abdul RazzaqEJH Eckersley
9th9CW HendersonEJH Eckersley