Gale sets upYorks’ thrilling T20 win

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Yorkshire triumphed by 14 runs in an action-packed NatWest T20 Blast North Division clash against Leicestershire at Headingley last night.

The game seemed to be slipping away from Yorkshire as Leicestershire openers Josh Cobb and Greg Smith piled up 61 together in seven overs in response to the hosts’ 168 for five.

But then Adam Lyth and Aaron Finch combined for the second time in three matches to send back Cobb (27) and, although Smith went on to top-score with 56 from 49 balls, the rest of the Foxes line-up failed to deliver and they finished on 154 for eight.

Leicestershire captain Cobb, having struck 27 off 19 balls with three fours and a six, straight drove leg-spinner Adil Rashid high towards the boundary only for Lyth to leap high into the air and palm the ball to Finch, who dived to his right to hold a right-handed catch close to the ground.

Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale had laid the foundations for his side’s win with his highest T20 score in two seasons, his 55 coming off 51 balls with five boundaries.