WINLESS Leicestershire’s Friends Life t20 title defence is already in grave danger after they suffered an agonising last-ball four-run defeat against North Group leaders Yorkshire.
The Foxes needed nine off Mitchell Starc’s final over but could manage just four to fall to their fifth defeat in as many games.
By contrast Richard Pyrah clubbed 16 from Yorkshire’s final over, launching Abdul Razzaq’s first two deliveries over the rope, as the visitors posted 151 for nine.
Four run outs then undermined Leicestershire’s chase before Australia left-armer Starc’s impressive final over saw him remove Wayne White before bowling Nathan Buck with the final ball.
Herschelle Gibbs thrashed an unbeaten 83 off 58 balls as Durham beat Derbyshire by eight wickets with 17 balls to spare at Chester-le-Street.
Late hitting from former Durham player Garry Park (29 off 20) helped Derbyshire to 131 for seven but it was not enough after Gibbs cut loose.