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Foxes on alert for shorter games

The weather is already starting to impact on the final week of holders Leicestershire's Twenty20 group campaign.

Saturday's North Division clash with Nottinghamshire Outlaws was abandoned without a ball being bowled and showers are forecast for today when the Foxes are due to meet Derbyshire Phantoms at Grace Road.

Foxes skipper Jeremy Snape says his team are well prepared for facing shorter versions of the game with a possible threat of rain for Wednesday's home tie with Durham Dynamos and the trip to Old Trafford to face Lancashire on Friday night.

"The weather could still have a bearing on things so we are going to have to continue practising hard to adapt further away from the 20-over game,'' said Snape. "We could be in 10-over games or even a five-over slog which could have happened on Saturday.''

Leicestershire's away clash at Notts, whom they beat in last season's Twenty20 final, was also lost to the weather and Snape said: "It's a frustrating time but we are in the North section and it's the north which has had all the rain.

"We had high hopes of getting the game played on Saturday because it would have been a re-enactment of last year's final and was being billed as one of the best matches of the group stages.''

Snape said the Foxes now attach "massive importance'' to the three games taking place this week.

He said: "All of our games are wide open and that's the same with the rest of the group.

"We want to do particularly well in our home games as we need to do all we can to ensure a strong top-two finish and get a home quarter-final which we have been fortunate enough to achieve in the past. The fact that 3,500 people turned up on Saturday confirms that interest among supporters in our Twenty20 campaign is as fresh as ever.

"The fans can play such a big part.''

Snape added: "I'm not looking at our current points tally or ahead of anything other than today's game against Durham.''

The Dynamos thumped Leicestershire by eight wickets at the Riverside last week, but Snape added: "I'm glad we lost playing badly rather then playing well and losing. Now we have to lift the boys to another level.''

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