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Captain Gale blows hot as Yorkshire crush sorry Leics

FRIENDS PROVIDENT t20, Grace Road (1440 BST):
Yorkshire 150-1 (17.1 overs) beat Leicestershire 148-8 by nine wickets
Match scorecard


Andrew Gale of Yorkshire
Yorkshire captain Gale is averaging over 50 in the county championship

Captain Andrew Gale hit 10 boundaries as Yorkshire made short work of Leicestershire to win by nine wickets in their FP t20 clash at Grace Road.

In-form batsman James Taylor top-scored with 60 and Brad Hodge hit 43 as the Foxes ran up 148-8.

Skipper Gale and Jacques Rudolph put on 103 for the first Yorkshire wicket.

Overseas signing Herschelle Gibbs then joined Gale to see the visitors home on 150-1 with 17 balls to spare and keep their North Group hopes alive.

It was Leicestershire's fourth defeat in the competition - and their third in a row at home.

And it was engineered by Gale and Rudolph, who hit 64 off the six overs of powerplay against some mediocre bowling.

Rudolph finally fell to a leg-side stumping by Paul Nixon off James Benning, but Gale stayed to hit the winning runs with a cut to the boundary off Wayne White, while Gibbs contributed a quickfire 29 that included a trademark six off Jigar Naik.

Earlier, Yorkshire bowled tidily after Leicestershire had won the toss.

Only Brad Hodge, with his best score of the competition so far, and Taylor, provided any real resistance as the Foxes lost four wickets in the final two overs.

Tino Best claimed 2-26 and Richard Pyrah took 2-19 as the Tykes' attack kept a firm grip on the match.

There was also an impressive four overs from Tim Bresnan, who finished with 1-21 to confirm his readiness to join up with the England one-day squad for the forthcoming series with Australia.

The only black mark for Yorkshire was a three-point penalty imposed on bowler Steven Patterson, who had to be taken out of the attack in his final over after being no-balled twice for head-high bouncers.



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