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Foxes haunted by more rain

Luckless Leicestershire had their third home game in a row abandoned to leave their chances of qualifying for the Twenty20 Cup quarter-finals hanging in the balance.

The defending champions were 41 for three off 4.4 overs against Durham in a game -already reduced to seven overs per side because of the weather - when the rain returned and the match was abandoned giving each side one point.

It leaves Leicestershire in third place in the Northern Division behind Nottinghamshire and Lancashire with one game to play. That is against the Red Rose county at Old Trafford on Friday and the Foxes need to win to have any realistic chance of reaching the knockout stages.

The Foxes can count themselves unfortunate to be in such a situation having seen four of their seven games fall victim to the weather. The two matches against Notts have both been abandoned and those against Derbyshire and Durham at Grace Road have now gone the same way this week.

The ground staff were always fighting a losing battle once the rain had started in the early evening and did well to get the square fit for any play at all.

Eventually a start was made at 7.45pm and having won the toss the Foxes decided to bat. HD Ackerman, defying both rain and bad light, smashed an unbeaten 31 off 15 balls but the Leicestershire innings stuttered against the off-spin of Gareth Breese.

He claimed all three wickets to fall dismissing Paul Harrison, Paul Nixon and James Allenby in 1.4 overs at a cost of just five runs.

But it was at that point the rain returned and the two sides left the field with no hope of a restart being made.

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