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North Group, Leicester, June 09, 2024, Vitality Blast
(20 ov, T:177) 172/6

Leics won by 4 runs


Foxes hold nerve to ride the Rapids in last over thriller

Josh Hull holds nerve to defend 12 off the final over for Leicestershire's second win of the season

Rishi Patel muscles one leg side, Lancashire vs Leicestershire, Vitality Blast, Old Trafford, May 25, 2023

Rishi Patel top scored for the Foxes  •  Getty Images

Leicestershire 176 for 8 (Patel 48, Smith 3-39) beat Worcestershire 172 for 6 (Waite 40, Currie 2-20, Ahmed 2-27) by four runs
Leicestershire Foxes shaded a close-run North Group contest with Worcestershire Rapids to pick up their second win from four matches in the Vitality Blast.
England's Rehan Ahmed took 2 for 27 and held a vital catch to and a potentially match-winning innings of 37 off 16 balls by Ethan Brookes, with Scott Currie taking two for 22 and debutant left-arm spinner Lewis Goldsworthy, on loan from Somerset, one for 17 after Matthew Waite had earlier hit 40 from 35 as the Rapids, needing 12 off the last over, fell five short of their target.
That came after the Foxes had recovered from 119 for 5 in the 16th over to post 176 for 8, Ben Cox (29 off 21) and Ben Mike (24 off 11) building on Rishi Pate'sl 48 from 42 after Louis Kimber had hit 25 off 16 earlier, with the wickets shared between Nathan Smith (3 for 39), Adam Finch (3 for 43) and skipper D'Oliveira (2 for 24).
On the same pitch used for a double-header on Friday, Worcestershire opted to bowl and were rewarded with wickets in the second and third overs as Sol Budinger, aiming for midwicket, was caught at short third man, and Peter Handscomb at deep third man off an uppercut as Adam Finch banged one in short and wide.
Louis Kimber led an aggressive response with four boundaries in his 16-ball 25 but was caught at long-off as Brett D'Oliveira ended a stand of 48 in 33 balls. The Foxes were 78 for 3 from 10 but suffered another setback as D'Oliveira beat the advancing Wiaan Mulder and Gareth Roderick executed a stumping.
Disciplined bowling by the Rapids made acceleration difficult and 114 for 4 from 15 overs was not promising, but the Foxes managed to up the tempo in the last five, adding 62 runs, a good return even at a cost of four wickets.
The loss of Patel, holing out to wide long-on, looked a potentially serious blow but Cox struck 29 off 21 balls before he was caught behind and while Rehan Ahmed and Lewis Goldsworthy fell cheaply, the former failing to clear long-on and Goldsworthy grabbed one-handed in his follow-through by Smith, Mike's two fours and a six off Finch's last three deliveries in a 17-run 19th over, followed by 15 more off the last, ensured a competitive score.
At 55 without loss from six from their batting powerplay, Worcestershire had their noses in front. Yet their progress was checked by spinners Goldsworthy and Rehan, who conceded only 27 in the next five, with the latter bowling D'Oliveira (32 from 25) on the reverse to end a stand of 70 in 55 balls.
The Rapids surged when Josh Cobb twice cleared the legside boundary in thumping Ben Mike for 21 in an over but two wickets in three overs left them with a target of 57 from the last 30 balls after Waite had skied Scott Currie to square leg and Goldsworthy - making his debut on loan from Somerset - had Adam Hose stumped.
Two big overs from Brookes, who hit sixes off Mulder and then Hull, brought it down to 28 from 18 but Rehan kept it in the balance by bowling Cobb (34 from 35) off an inside edge and after Rehan had taken a fine catch at deep cover to help Currie remove Brookes the requirement was 12 off the last six balls.
Hull marred an otherwise fine last over with a no-ball but had Taylor well caught by Currie at mid-off before, with six needed, Ed Pollock swung in hope at the last delivery and missed.

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