Leicestershire Foxes captain Jeremy Snape’s surprising decision to bat after winning the toss paid off as the Foxes progressed to their second Twenty20 Cup Final with a 23 run victory over the Essex Eagles.
The Eagles were always chasing the game from the start, England hopeful Stuart Broad opened the attack conceding just one run and trapping Ronnie Irani plum LBW, umpire George Sharp felt otherwise and let the Eagles off the hook.
Irani was soon gone tough being caught behind by wicketkeeper Paul Nixon for 0 off the bowling of a very happy Broad, despite Mark Pettini’s 57 the Eagles never looked in the chase.
Snape then came into the attack and ripped out the Eagles middle order finishing with figures of 4 for 22 and putting the Foxes on course for the Final.
Earlier after winning the toss Hylton Ackerman and Darren Maddy got of to a very slow start as Darren Gough and Andy Bichel controlled the game allowing only 20 runs off the first 4 overs.
The run rate slowly increased during the innings but the Foxes looked to have got bog down in the middle of the inning as Graham Napier took 2 wickets from his four overs.
After the slow start Ackerman looked to have found his form as the Foxes started to increase their run rate as he and Nixon enjoyed a 50 run partnership before Nixon tried to take a horrible single resulting in Ackerman being run out for 63.
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