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Tom Bailey takes career-best but rain thwarts Lancashire

Tom Bailey takes career-best but rain thwarts Lancashire

The fast bowler took his maiden career five-wicket haul but rain during the interval prevented Lancashire's reply against Leicestershire


A career-best for Tom Bailey backed up by an incredible performance in the field was all in vain as Lancashire Lightning's Vitality Blast match against Leicestershire Foxes was abandoned at the halfway stage.

Lancashire had restricted the hosts to 150/9, with Bailey taking 5/17 - the second best figures for a Lancashire bowler in T20 cricket.

It was therefore particularly frustrating for the visitors when the match was abandoned after light but persistent rain, as they played some fine out-cricket after captain Dane Vilas won the toss and put the Foxes in.

Vilas himself led the way with a hat-trick of catches, including a brilliant one-handed effort leaping backwards to dismiss Leicestershire danger man Arron Lilley, and a diving two-handed take after a sprint along along the boundary from long-off to end Ben Mike's innings and secure Bailey's career-best return. 

Lancashire had arrived at the Fischer County Ground with confidence taken from the manner in which they beat Durham by a comfortable 27 runs on Thursday. Understandably they made no changes to the side which started at Emirates Riverside.

Gareth Delany, opening the innings, did not last long, losing his off-stump to Bailey in the second over, but Lilley hit both Hartley and Liam Hurt for straight sixes in going to 26 before Vilas' athletic leap as he tried to hit a Danny Lamb full-toss over mid-on saw his end.

It set a pattern for the innings. In the 12th over Bailey took an equally brilliant catch, one-handed low to his left at extra cover, to catch Rhodes off Liam Hurt, by which time Rob Jones has already taken a very well judged effort at long-on, again off the bowling of Hurt.

Wickets continued to fall as Leicestershire tried to pick up the scoring rate. Harry Dearden was run out after 31 from 34 balls, Josh Bohannon took a pair of catches at deep mid-wicket - both off Bailey - before Vilas completed his trio in sensational style off the final ball, sprinting round at long-off to catch Ben Mike.

The rain had already begun to fall, however, and after 90 minutes umpires Nick Cook and Rob White decided there was no prospect of play resuming.

Lancashire are next in action against Derbyshire Falcons on Monday evening, live on Sky Sports.


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