NatWest T20 Blast: David Willey powers Northants to victory

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.

  • Northants won last year's FLT20, hammering Surrey by 102 runs in the final at Edgbaston.

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 .