Tom Smith helps Lancashire overcome Leicestershire

Friends Life t20, Grace Road
Lancashire 175-5 beat Leicestershire 173-2 by five wickets
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Tom Smith
Smith was dismissed with Lancashire needing just nine more runs to win

Tom Smith hit 75 as Lancashire reached 175-5 to beat Leicestershire by five wickets at Grace Road and extend their unbeaten start to three matches.

Josh Cobb hit a competition-best of 60 as the hosts reached 173-2 to leave Lancashire with a challenging target.

Visiting openers Smith and Stephen Moore shared a quick-fire half-century partnership in the first four overs.

And Lancashire chased down the hosts' total of 173-2 with 11 balls to spare as Smith hit seven fours and two sixes.

Smith was finally bowled by a yorker from Harry Gurney in the 17th over but by that point the visitors needed only nine more runs to win.

An edged four by Luke Proctor off the same bowler saw them safely to victory.

POST-MATCH REACTION

Lancashire batsman Tom Smith told BBC Radio Manchester:

"We backed ourselves chasing their score as we thought they might have been 20 runs too short.

"We showed great intent, the boundary shot was always there and it's a very good win for us.

"Today, once I got in, I wanted to make sure I was getting us a good score and seeing us home.

"We've targeted how many group games we want to win to qualify. Getting a home quarter-final is our goal. It will be great for the club and hopefully we'll get a packed house."

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