Foxes gain revenge over the Sabres
The Foxes gained sweet revenge for their Twenty20 Cup semi-final defeat at the hands of the Sabres - and booked their place in the finals day.
The Foxes gained sweet revenge for their Twenty20 Cup semi-final defeat at the hands of the Sabres - and booked their place in the finals of the International 20:20 Club Championship in the process at Grace Road.
The Foxes chalked up a comprehensive 65-run victory over the Sabres in the final group match of the tournament and will now face the Chilaw Marians in the semi-final tomorrow.
The outcome of the match rarely seemed in doubt once Somerset skipper Ian Blackwell was dismissed cheaply by David Masters following his explosive 82 earlier in the day.
But it was spinners Dinesh Mongia and Jeremy Snape who turned the screw on the Sabres, with John Francis fighting a lone battle before he was run out one short of his fifty.
An opening stand of 76 in eight overs from Darren Maddy and Hylton Ackerman launched Leicestershire Foxes towards their highly respectable total of 172-6.
Maddy hammered nine fours in his 42 off 27 balls while Ackerman hit two fours in his 28 made off 28 balls.
Just as they did in the Twenty20 Cup semi-finals at the Brit Oval, both batsmen departed in quick succession, but on this occasion it did not spark a collapse as left-handers Dinesh Mongia and John Sadler then put on 79 for the third wicket to steady the ship.
Sadler, playing his first game since a fractured collar bone, led the way with 40 off 29 balls, while Mongia hammered four fours and a six in his 39 off 23 deliveries.
Like Maddy and Ackerman, Sadler and Ackerman fell in quick succession to hamper Leicestershire.s hopes of reaching 200, but it was still sufficient once the bowlers got to work.
Leicestershire's win meant they topped Group A and so face the runners-up in Group B the Marians.
The other semi-final sees the PCA Masters XI, winners of Group B, facing the Faisalabad Wolves who finished second in Group A after they beat the Sabres earlier today.