Hodd carries Tykes to win
A review of Friday's action in the Royal London Cup as Yorkshire beat Leicestershire.
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Andrew Hodd clubbed a quickfire 69 not out to help high-flying Yorkshire snatch a three-wicket win over Leicestershire in a rain-affected Royal London One-Day Cup match at Grace Road.
Yorkshire looked in some trouble as they slumped to 91 for six in the 21st over chasing a Duckworth-Lewis revised target of 191 off 32 overs, but 30-year-old Hodd helped turn things round as he struck 10 fours and six in his 43-ball knock.
Tim Bresnan also weighed in with a valuable 24 before Richard Pyrah sealed things with a six as Group A leaders Yorkshire sneaked home with three balls to spare to claim their fourth win in five matches.
Earlier, Matt Boyce's 74 not out and Ben Raine's 43 at number nine helped Leicestershire reach 236 for eight off their 50 overs.
That was the only one of the three Group A fixtures that produced a result on Friday night with the matches between second-placed Gloucestershire against third-placed Essex, and Hampshire against Northamptonshire, being abandoned.
Gloucestershire were 55 for one off 11.1 overs when rain ended their match at Chelmsford, while Hampshire made 249 all out off 48.4 overs when the weather also brought a premature end to proceedings in Southampton.
Rain also put paid to the Trent Bridge clash between Nottinghamshire and Kent - two of the top three teams in Group B at the start of the day.
In a match reduced to 38 overs per side, a Notts side missing Alex Hales and James Taylor due to England Lions duty made 228 for seven batting first, with Steven Mullaney top-scoring with 62. Kent lost both openers in reaching 48 for two in pursuit of 232 when the match was abandoned.
Durham and Middlesex both managed to pick up wins in Group A on Friday night though, beating Glamorgan and Sussex respectively.
Durham had looked to have thrown away the chance to claim their second win after losing their last nine wickets for just 84 runs to be bowled out for 185 in Cardiff. Phil Mustard (53), Calum MacLeod (41) and England all-rounder Ben Stokes (49) all made decent contributions at the top of the order but only one other visiting player managed to get into double-figures.
However, Durham's bowlers hit back in superb fashion to skittle Glamorgan for 133 and claim victory by 52 runs.
Graham Onions produced a treble-wicket maiden over before finishing with figures of four for 48 while another former England man, Paul Collingwood, weighed in with four for 16 off 7.1 overs as only Glamorgan opener Jacques Rudolph (61) provided any serious resistance.
Middlesex were also celebrating a second win in the competition after beating Sussex in another rain-affected encounter.
Chasing 249 at Hove, Middlesex were 81 for one in the 18th over when the rain arrived and umpires Martin Saggers and George Sharp abandoned play at 8.40pm with the visitors winning by 21 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Sussex had earlier made 248 for nine with opener Chris Nash leading the way with an aggressive 65 that included eight fours and three sixes.