Leicestershire Semi Final Run in Barbados T20 Cup

Leicestershire County Cricket Club enjoyed a run to the semi final of the Barbados T20 Cup but unfortunately went out following a 58-run semi-final defeat to Warwickshire Bears. Hoggard missed the semi final, and was replaced by Wayne White as captain.

The Bears posted 144-8 despite good contributions of 2-20 from four overs from both Josh Cobb and Jigar Naik. The Foxes, who usually chase with relish, made 86.

Leicestershire inserted Warwickshire and the side showed one change from the one that beat Combined Campuses and Colleges as Nadeem Malik came in for Hoggard.

Warwickshire's innings was based around 55 from opener Varun Chopra. Cobb came on first change after Malik and Robbie Joseph opened up and the off-spinner had Darren Maddy stumped by Ned Eckersley before trapping Keith Barker lbw.

Naik had Jim Troughton leg-before and bowled Rikki Clarke and Claude Henderson (4-0-29-0) also bowled a tight spell as the Bears struggled for momentum. When White dismissed Chopra via a Jacques du Toit catch, the Bears were on 104-5 in the 17th.

White went on to finish with 3-31 from three overs but some good late striking from Chris Woakes (20 not out) and Stef Piolet (22 from 13 including three sixes in the last over), propelled the score. The other Bears wicket of Neil Carter fell via a run out.

The Foxes then never recovered from the early loss of Cobb, du Toit, Eckersley and Matthew Boyce (11) and were 27-4 after seven overs following two early wickets apiece for Chris Wright and Neil Carter.

Smith (19) and White did their best to repair the damage but the team were left on 67-6 in the 16th after Smith fell to Woakes and slow left armer Paul Best dismissed Paul Dixey (12).

White then became the first of four quickfire victims of Piolet, who followed up his cameo with a fine display of medium-paced bowling. Naik was stumped by Richard Johnson, Malik was caught by Clarke and Piolet finished with 4-11 after bowling Joseph.

Yorkshire also qualified for the final after an impressive victory against Nottinghamshire and they went on to lift the trophy following a 44-run win in the final.