RESULT
North Group (D/N), Northampton, June 01, 2022, Vitality Blast
(20 ov, T:228) 185/9

Northants won by 42 runs

Report

Chris Lynn flails the Foxes as Northamptonshire seal emphatic win

Hard-hitting century proves too much in spite of Scott Steel's doughty 64 in reply

ECB Reporters Network
01-Jun-2022
Chris Lynn celebrates an unbeaten 106 off 66 balls, Northamptonshire vs Leicestershire, Vitality Blast, Northampton, June 1, 2022

Chris Lynn celebrates an unbeaten 106 off 66 balls  •  Getty Images

Northamptonshire 227 for 1 (Lynn 106*, Neesham 75*) beat Leicestershire 185 for 9 (Steel 64) by 42 runs
Chris Lynn played another destructive, big-hitting innings for Northamptonshire Steelbacks, posting the third T20 century of his career as he put Leicestershire Foxes bowlers to the sword in this Vitality Blast clash.
Amid an onslaught of boundaries at Wantage Road, Lynn bludgeoned 106 from just 66 balls with 12 fours and three huge sixes as Northamptonshire closed on 227 for one.
Lynn picked up where he left off against Durham on this ground last Friday, sharing another century opening stand with Ben Curran (31). He was then joined by New Zealand international Jimmy Neesham who made a blistering 75 off just 30 deliveries featuring six enormous maximums on Steelbacks debut. The pair put on 118 in just 53 balls of mayhem in front of a near-capacity crowd who gave both batters a standing ovation.
In reply, Foxes opener Scott Steel hit 64 from 45 deliveries. His stand of 65 in seven overs with skipper Colin Ackerman offered a glimpse of hope, before young left-arm wrist spinner Freddie Helreich came back from an early mauling to take three wickets for the second time in a week.
The Steelbacks' total was all the more notable given some sharp Foxes bowling and fielding restricted them to 48 in the powerplay. Naveen-ul-Haq was particularly impressive, beating the bat on several occasions.
But Lynn soon found his stride targeting all the Foxes bowlers, clubbing them straight down the ground and over deep midwicket. He also found plenty of runs through the covers and past backward point.
Not to be outdone, Neesham, fresh from a stint in the IPL, was soon into the fun, adding five fours to go with his six-hitting.
The Steelbacks struck early when Ben Sanderson removed Hamish Rutherford. The bowler followed that by taking a running catch off Tom Taylor when Arron Lilley could not quite clear the infield.
It left the Foxes in real trouble at 8 for two, but Ackerman led a fightback, cutting Neesham for successive boundaries and then swinging Sanderson over midwicket for another. He took four boundaries off Heldreich's first over to take the Foxes to 50 for two at the end of the powerplay.
Heldreich finally got his man when Ackerman hit straight to Graeme White on the long-leg boundary. Rishi Patel then fell to a stunning one-handed leaping catch by Rob Keogh on the deep midwicket boundary to give Heldreich his second scalp and leave the Foxes at 87 for four.
Steel was joined by Ben Mike who struck some lusty blows off the slower bowlers but despite that, the Foxes were left needing 94 off the final five overs. When Mike offered a tame catch in the ring and departed for 30, the end was nigh.
Steel continued his aggression, surviving one dropped catch off Heldreich before falling to an excellent catch from Curran at point off Neesham who finished with two wickets.
The Foxes went down in a flurry of wickets, Sanderson also collecting three scalps in the process as the visitors closed on 185 for nine.

Leics Innings
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Vitality Blast
North Group
TEAMMWLPTNRR
BEARS1495181.210
DERBS1495180.054
LANCS1484180.432
YORKS1476150.726
NOTTS1476150.058
LEICS1486140.058
NHNTS146614-0.040
DURH143107-0.642
WORCS142115-1.807
South Group
TEAMMWLPTNRR
SURR14103210.630
SOM14104200.630
ESSEX1494190.881
HANTS1495180.198
GLOUC1466140.022
GLAM145712-0.154
SUSS144108-0.391
MIDDX144108-0.981
KENT143116-0.670