Lancashire Lightning eased to their fifth win in seven games in the CB40, beating Leicestershire Foxes by six wickets at Grace Road.
Stephen Moore, Ashwell Prince and Blackpool’s in-form Steven Croft 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 for eight 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.
Moore reached 50 off 46 balls – his fifth in seven games– but was then caught at cover off Michael Thornely for 60.
Prince reached his half century off 62 balls, with two fours plus a six, 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.
Thakor, who has just taken his A-levels, was the star turn of Leicestershire’s innings after the Foxes had plunged to 68-4 in 16 overs.
Thakor and Matt Boyce, who also made a half-century, dragged their side back into the game with a stand of 96, including 66 singles, contained 66 singles Thakor’s 83 cane off 74 balls as the Foxes scored 42 runs off the last four overs.
Lancashire now have a week off before facing Gloucestershire in this competition next Monday.