NatWest T20 Blast: David Willey powers Northants to victory

David Willey
NatWest T20 Blast, Wantage Road
Northants 179-8 (17.4 overs) beat Leicestershire 176-4 (18 overs) by two wickets
Match scorecard

David Willey's brutal 95 off 45 balls powered Northants to a thrilling two-wicket win over Leicestershire.

Chasing 177 to win in a rain-reduced game of 18 overs each, Willey struck six sixes before falling to Anthony Ireland five short of a deserved ton.

Earlier, visiting captain Josh Cobb (70) and Greg Smith (56) shared a stand of 113 to help the Foxes to 176-4.

After Willey's dismissal, wickets tumbled, but Graeme White hit 11 off four balls to see his side home.

The quality of the innings from all-rounder Willey, who is unable to bowl at the moment because of injury, was highlighted by the fact that no other batsman in the Steelbacks line-up passed 20.

The win for last year's champions, sealed with just two balls left, was their second nail-biting victory in consecutive matches following last week's win over Yorkshire with just one ball to spare.