Foxes flounder as Phantoms win

Source - sportinglife.com

Leicestershire's miserable Twenty20 Cup run continued when they crashed to a seventh consecutive defeat as local rivals Derbyshire cruised to a seven-wicket win at Derby.

The Foxes were condemned to finish bottom in the North Division after another turgid batting display left the Phantoms chasing a meagre total of 118 for six.

An unbeaten 42 from Wavell Hinds to follow his two for 14 and 35 from 28 balls by skipper Rikki Clarke took Derbyshire to their target with two overs to spare to keep alive their slender hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals.

Leicestershire made two changes to the team that lost to Durham on

Friday night but they never looked like registering a first victory in the competition.

Although HD Ackerman made an unbeaten 49 off 44 balls, he batted through his side's limp innings which included only 11 boundaries.

Ackerman hit six of them but the Foxes never found any momentum to put the Phantoms bowlers under pressure after they were put in on a blustery afternoon.

Although the strong wind blew over a marquee, it did not appear to affect the bowlers who took an early grip on the game when Jacques du Toit edged to slip in the second over.

Boeta Dippenaar's laboured innings of 12 from 22 balls ended when he drove Hinds to long-on and the Foxes suffered a major blow when Paul Nixon skied his fifth ball to cover.

Ackerman faced only 17 balls in the first 10 overs and although they had wickets in hand, the Foxes could not accelerate in the second half of their innings.

Schoolboy James Taylor marked his first Twenty20 appearance by lifting Clarke high over midwicket in his 22 from 21 balls before he top-edged a sweep at the off-spin of Jake Needham.

The Foxes managed only 14 off the last four overs and although Derbyshire lost both openers in the first six overs, a one-sided contest provided little in the way of entertainment for a sparse crowd.

Greg Smith pulled Garnett Kruger to mid-off and Dominic Telo lost his off-stump pushing forward at Nadeem Malik but Hinds and Clarke quickly dashed any hopes the visitors had of turning the game round.

Hinds drove Sam Cliff for six and Clarke also hit the young seamer over the deep midwicket boundary as the third-wicket pair added 65 in nine overs.

Clarke lost his middle stump trying to hit Cliff for another six but James Pipe ended the game in style with successive fours off Jigar Naik to leave Leicestershire holding the wooden spoon.
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