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Taylor heaps more misery on Foxes

Chris Taylor heaped more Twenty20 Cup misery on Leicestershire by hitting a last-ball six to give Yorkshire a dramatic victory in the North group clash at Grace Road.

It was the Foxes' fourth defeat in a row in this season's competition, virtually ending their hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals.

The home side posted a total of 154 for three after winning the toss but a superb third-wicket stand of 121 between Anthony McGrath and Jacques Rudolph took Yorkshire to the brink of victory before Taylor clinched it off the final ball.

Taylor was only playing because of a back injury to Craig White but held his nerve in a tense last over sent down by James Allenby.

Yorkshire began it needing seven runs for victory and managed only four singles from the first five deliveries.

It meant that Taylor needed three runs off the last ball to win the match but he did it in style with a magnificent strike over long on to give Carnegie their second successive win.

But it was the partnership between McGrath and Rudolph that really provided the platform for the win that keeps Yorkshire in with a chance of making the knockout stages.

There had been a dramatic start to their innings with Gerard Brophy dismissed by Nadeem Malik in the second over and then England captain Michael Vaughan run out in the third over in unfortunate circumstances.

Vaughan turned to take what he thought would be a comfortable second run but suddenly saw his partner Andrew Gale lying on the floor at the far end of the pitch, having collapsed with a twisted ankle.

Before Vaughan could get back to his crease, a direct throw from Jacques du Toit had hit the stumps. Gale also had to exit the field because of the injury, leaving McGrath and Rudolph to come out as the new batsmen.

After a cautious start, they warmed to the task of chasing the runs, gradually accelerating with a series of excellent attacking shots.

McGrath, who had scored a half-century in the previous game against Derbyshire, reached another off 41 balls with six fours and a six and was soon followed by Rudolph, whose 50 came off 42 balls with five fours and a six.

Then both were out in successive overs, giving the Foxes a glimmer of a chance of snatching victory. McGrath was caught in the deep off Allenby and in the 19th over Rudolph was bowled by Dillon du Preez for 56. But Taylor and Tim Bresnan saw Yorkshire home.

Hilton Ackerman finished with an unbeaten 57 off 51 balls in the Foxes' innings but they lost their way during the middle overs and it needed a quick fire 33 off 24 balls from Du Preez for them to put up a competitive total which in the end proved to be a few runs short.

source - sportinglife.com
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