Jefferson seals eliminator victory for the Foxes
Will Jefferson smashed 15 runs in a dramatic eliminator to help the Leicestershire Foxes seal their place in the Friends Life t20 Final after a drama filled victory against the Lancashire Lightning at Edgbaston.
With the tension mounting Gareth Cross smashed Wayne White’s last ball of the game to tie the match before Jefferson lead the Foxes through to the final and help seal their place in next months t20 Champions League.
With a target of 14 runs needed from just 6 deliveries, Jefferson smashed Gary Keedy for two boundaries and a six to spark wild celebration for the Foxes who return to the final for the first time since they won their second ticket back in 2006.
It proved to be a fitting ending to a game which was badly affected by heavy rain as both innings were reduced to 18 overs a side before a further reduction during the Lightning’s run chase.
Faced with a victory target of 134, Stephen Moore (43) got the Lightning’s run chase off to a fantastic start, smashing four boundaries off the bowling of Abdul Razzaq before a second heavy rain shower forced the players off the field.
With the extra 30 minutes already used up during the Foxes innings, the game was further shortened to leave the Lightning needing 27 runs from just 17 deliveries.
With the pressure mounting, the Lightning suffered a massive batting collapse which saw them lose five wickets in the space of 14 balls to hand the advantage to the Foxes before Gareth Cross smashed the final delivery off the game, bowled by Wayne White for a six to send the game into a one over eliminator.
Razzaq (36) and Paul Nixon (19) lead the Foxes charge after they had been reduced to just 82-5 before a heavy rain shower forced the player off the pitch for over 30 minutes.
With the Foxes on the back foot and their innings reduced by two overs, Razzaq proceeded to dispatch three big sixes as the Pakistani international helped give the Foxes bowler a total of 134 to defend.
Having been out into bat the Foxes got off to a disastrous start, losing Joshua Cobb from the first delivery off the match after he edge a delivery from Glen Chapple through to wicket keeper Gareth Cross.
Andrew McDonald (7) quickly followed before Will Jefferson halted the slump with a cameo 23 before he was bowled by Sajid Mahmood at the start of the 5th over to leave the Foxes 33-4.