Liam Livingstone’s all-round show ensured Lancashire sealed their fourth in five games with their latest coming against Leicestershire – by eight wickets – at Grace Road on Wednesday (July 18). Set a modest 143 to win after Livingstone picked up 4 for 17, Lancashire cruised past the total in 16.4 overs with the allrounder scoring 28 off 11.
Leicestershire top three got off to starts. Neil Dexter made 30, Cameron Delport raced to 25 off 13 while Mark Cosgrove chipped in with a promising 31 off 21. And then, they failed to kick on with Dexter and Cosgrove falling to Livingstone. From 41 for no loss in the fourth over to 88 for 1 in the tenth, Leicestershire looked good for a lot more.
Livingstone dismissed Colin Ackermann and Mohammad Nabi in quick succession to keep the total in check.
Leicestershire needed early wickets while Lancashire needed sensible batting early on in tricky chase. However, Livingstone decided to tee off from the very first over and picked up three boundaries with Mohammad Abbas at the receiving end. Zack Chappell too bore the brunt as Lancashire’s opening duo of Alex Davies and Livingstone posted 40 in three overs.
Livingstone fell for 28 off 11 but his assault reduced the target into an almost routine chase. Davies remained unbeaten on 51 and ensured there were no hiccups in the chase.
Brief scores: Leicestershire 142 in 19.4 overs (Liam Livingstone 4-17) lost to Lancashire 146/2 in 16.4 overs (Alex Davies 51*) by eight wickets.
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