Snape steers Foxes to victory
Jeremy Snape led Leicestershire to an unlikely one-wicket Pro40 win at Derbyshire.
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 08/08/07 12:08am
NatWest Pro40 - Division Two, Derbyshire Phantoms 175-9 Innings Complete v Leicestershire Foxes 152-9 (J N Snape 52 no) Leicestershire beat Derbyshire by 1 wkt (D/L Method)
Jeremy Snape celebrated his inclusion in England's Tewnty20 World Cup squad with a superb unbeaten half century guiding Leicestershire to an unlikely one-wicket Pro40 victory at Derbyshire.
In a match bizarrely interrupted by good weather, a delay of just over an hour-and-a-half while everybody was forced to wait for the sun to set meant the Duckworth/Lewis method came into play.
Derbyshire made 175-9 from their 40 overs thanks to Ant Botha's 40 not out, while Stuart Broad impressed with the ball for Leicestershire.
Set a renewed target of 152 from 31 overs, Leicestershire looked to have no chance when they slipped to 72-7, but Snape's fine unbeaten 52 helped The Foxes grab a thrilling win with just one ball to spare.
Broad celebrated his inclusion in England's one-day squad with an impressive bowling display, as he took 3-33 from his seven overs.
Opener James Pipe was out to leave Derbyshire on 1-1, but Both's unbeaten 40 along with contributions of 38 from Phil Weston and 36 from Greg Smith helped the hosts muster 175-9.
Good light stopped play
Quite bizarrely, the play at Derby was held up for over an hour-and-a-half as the low sunshine was too bright shining into the players' eyes for play to continue.
By the time the sun had finally set, the Duckworth/Lewis method had to come into operation and the visitors were set 152 to win from 31 overs.
In their run chase, Leicestershire could not stop losing wickets and Graham Wagg's three wickets helped reduce them to 72-7 and looking like folding to a tame defeat.
However, Snape was digging his heels in and an explosive 22 from 13 balls from Jerome Taylor gave the innings a big boost and gave Leicestershire a chance of victory.
Snape had to rotate the strike with last man Garnett Kruger and ended up needing four runs from the final over, but it was not until the penultimate ball when Snape struck the winning runs with a lofted effort to long-on.
Snape's 52 not out was the perfect way to celebrate his inclusion in England's squad for the Twenty20 World Cup coming up in September.
The win also enhanced Leicestershire's chances of promotion from Division Two of the Pro40 League, while striking a big blow to Derbyshire's own hopes.