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Last Updated: Sunday, 15 June, 2003, 18:25 GMT 19:25 UK
Foxes foil Worcestershire
National League D1, Worcester: Worcestershire 193-7 (45 overs) beat Leicestershire 198-8 (42.1 overs) by two wickets
Points: Leicestershire 4, Worcestershire 0

Leicestershire recorded a much-needed second win of the season to deny Worcestershire by two wickets at New Road.

Chasing a moderate total, the visitors slumped to 19-3 early on before half-centuries to opener Phil DeFreitas and Darren Maddy got the run-chase back on track.

The pair added 123 runs for the fourth wicket before former England all-rounder DeFreitas was trapped lbw by Matt Mason for 68.

Maddy fell for 56 just three runs later - one of four wickets for David Leatherdale - but Trevor Ward (31 not out) kept a cool head and brought up victory in style, hitting a six on the first ball of the 43rd over.

Earlier, opener Simon Peters fared well with a knock of 50 but received little support from a listless Worcestershire batting order.

Aussie off-spinner Brad Hodge kept things tight for the Foxes, returning figures of 3-34.

Worcestershire: S D Peters, D K Taylor, Kadeer Ali, B F Smith (Capt), D A Leatherdale, S C Moore, G J Batty, S J Rhodes (Wkt), M S Mason, C G Liptrot, M A Harrity.

Leicestershire: T R Ward, V Sehwag, D I Stevens, B J Hodge, D L Maddy, P A Nixon (Wkt), J N Snape, P A J DeFreitas (Capt), C E Dagnall, D D Masters, J O Grove.



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