Lightning strike down Foxes

Prince punishes Leicestershire at Grace Road

Last updated: 22nd July 2012  

Lightning strike down Foxes

Ashwell Prince: Superb 85 in Lancashire run-chase

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Lancashire Lightning eased to their fifth win in seven games beating Leicestershire Foxes by six wickets in the Clydesdale Bank 40 Group A clash at Grace Road.

Stephen Moore (60), Ashwell Prince (85) and Steven Croft (57no) all hit half centuries as Lancashire cruised to their victory target of 219 with 4.2 overs to spare.

The win puts them two points behind leaders Middlesex, with three games in hand. The Foxes could only post a disappointing 218-8 despite a brilliant unbeaten 83 from 18-year-old Shiv Thakor, while Lancashire's veteran seamer, Glen Chapple, claimed 4-46 - his best return for six years in the 40 overs game.

An opening stand of 108 in 17 overs between Moore and Prince gave Lightning the perfect start, with Moore dominating the early stages of the innings scoring 36 of the 48 runs that came off the first power play.

He reached 50 off 46 balls - his fifth in seven games - but was then caught at cover off medium pacer Michael Thornely for 60. Prince reached his half century off 62 balls with two fours plus a six off Thakor, but holed out to mid-wicket having hit 85 off 89 balls.

Two wickets in successive balls from Taylor brought a brief halt to Lancashire's progress but Croft saw them home with an unbeaten 57 off 58 balls.

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