One-Day Cup: Leicestershire beat Warwickshire in final North Group game
|Royal London One-Day Cup, Fischer County Ground|
|Leicestershire 340 (49.3 overs): Taylor 98*, Ackermann 74, Dearden 69; Hannon-Dalby 3-81|
|Warwickshire 304 (47.1 overs): Yates 66, Pollock 57; Taylor 3-58, Klein 3-66|
|Leicestershire (2 pts) beat Warwickshire by 36 runs|
Tom Taylor ran out of partners on 98 not out as Leicestershire ended their One-Day Cup campaign with a 36-run home victory over Warwickshire.
Taylor hit two sixes and 13 fours after good batting for the home side by Harry Dearden (69) and Colin Ackermann (74).
But he missed out on a century when Mohammad Abbas was lbw to George Panayi and they were all out for 340.
Teenager Rob Yates marked his debut with 66 for Warwickshire, who could only muster 304 in reply.
All-rounder Taylor also weighed in with 3-58 and ran out Yates, who was forced wide to avoid a collision with bowler Ben Mike.
The win was only Leicestershire's second in their eight North Group games but they still finished bottom of the table, with Warwickshire seventh after their fifth defeat.
The Bears began their run chase well when Ed Pollock and Dom Sibley put on 71 in 10 overs, but thereafter fell behind the rate as wickets fell at regular intervals.
Taylor ended it when he had Bears skipper Jeetan Patel caught at long-off by Warwickshire old boy Ateeq Javid.
Leicestershire all-rounder Tom Taylor:
"A good day for me, but much better to finish the competition with a win. We've not played our best cricket in the cup. We've struggled to put a full match together, but we pulled ourselves together.
"When I came in a few of the batters had said it was a 300-plus wicket, and then unfortunately we lost 'Ackers', so I had to take a bit of responsibility and bat the rest of the innings.
"I've always taken pride in my batting and I've had the backing of the coaches to get up the order, so it was good to repay that with a good score. Even 340 I felt was no more than par. If they'd been full strength it could have been close."
Warwickshire first team coach Jim Troughton:
"In terms of our fielding and bowling we let them get 50 or 60 more than they should have got. It was as bad a fielding performance as we've put in in the tournament.
"It is disappointing because it was important to finish the competition well. Attitude is the thing we wanted to bring into the game - especially in the field.
"We can allow a little bit for inexperience. Only Jeetan Patel is left of the team which played in the last game of last year's comp against Worcestershire. But 'what-ifs' have been the theme of the competition for us."