Twenty20 Cup - North Division
Leicestershire 147-3 (J Allenby 71 no) v Lancashire 151-3 (F Du Plessis 78 no)
Lancashire beat Leicestershire by 7 wkts
An unbeaten century stand by Francois du Plessis and Ashwell Prince saw Lancashire Lightning home against the Leicestershire Foxes at Grace Road.
The South African pair put on 104 off 65 balls to seal a seven-wicket win and maintain their side's 100 per cent record in the Twenty20 Cup.
Du Plessis hit a brilliant man-of-the-match innings of 78 to allow Lancashire to comfortably reach their target with 21 balls to spare and make it four wins in a row in the North Division.
An excellent 71 not out by James Allenby had earlier helped the Foxes recover after a slow start to post a total of 147 for three.
But on an easy-paced pitch, Lancashire made light work of the chase despite losing two wickets in an over early in their innings.
Paceman Harry Gurney claimed them both by first dismissing Tom Smith to a one-handed catch by Allenby at cover and then Paul Horton was superbly taken by wicketkeeper Paul Nixon.
This had Lancashire in some trouble at 37 for two in the fourth over and when Steven Croft was brilliantly run out by James Taylor with the score at 47 in the sixth over, the Foxes had a sniff of victory.
But their hopes were ruthlessly extinguished with the magnificent partnership of Du Plessis and Prince.
The South Africans began carefully to rebuild the innings but then pressed their foot on the accelerator to step up the rate and race to victory.
Du Plessis was in magnificent form - reaching his 50 off 37 balls with seven fours and two sixes - and finished unbeaten on 78 off just 49 balls.
Prince played a more subdued role in the match-winning stand, making 29 off 22 deliveries as the Leicestershire attack toiled in vain to try to separate the pair.
Du Plessis finished the game off in style with three successive boundaries off Wayne White at the start of the 17th over to keep Lancashire in pole position to top the group.
The Foxes were always on the back foot after managing just 27 runs off the first six overs of power play with key batsman Hylton Ackerman dismissed by Sajid Mahmood in the fourth over.
Taylor and Nixon also fell cheaply but Allenby and Foxes' captain Boeta Dippenaar pulled things around with a fine fourth-wicket partnership of 70 in seven overs.
The Foxes scored 58 runs off the final five overs of the innings with Allenby making 71 off 54 balls with six fours and three sixes and Dippenaar chipping in with 39 off 25 balls.
It represented a good fightback by the home side but it was nowhere near enough to prevent Lancashire romping to another victory.