Cobb Blasts Foxes to Victory; County Cricket

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JOSH Cobb blazed his way to a career-best 91 not out to fire Leicestershire Foxes to only their second victory of the season in the Clydesdale Bank 40 and put a dent in Northamptonshire Steelbacks' hopes of reaching the semi-finals.

The Foxes' 20-year-old opener blasted two sixes and nine fours in his 88-ball innings as Leicestershire raced to a five-wicket win, reaching their target of 207 with 9.2 overs to spare.

Clydesdale Bank 40, Group A Derby: Derby 249-9 (MJ Guptill 102, GM Smith 68; Azhar Mahmood 4-57) beat Kent 218 (DI Stevens 65) by 31 runs; New Road: Worcs 217-7 (VS Solanki 51) lost to Sussex 218-2 (EC Joyce 101no, CD Nash 61) by 8 wkts Clydesdale Bank 40, Group B Grace Road: Northants 206-6 (AJ Hall 67, SD Peters 63) lost to Leics 209-5 (JJ Cobb 91 no) by 5 wkts; Guildford: Warwicks 225-8 (R Clarke 76; Yasir Arafat 5-45) lost to Surrey 227-7 (Z de Bruyn 84 no) by 3 wkts Clydesdale Bank 40, Group Cheltenham: Notts 266 lost to Gloucs 247-9 (IA Cockbain 79) by 19 runs; Colwyn Bay: Unicorns 179 (Junaid Khan 4-29) lost to Lancashire 182-2 (S J Croft 59 no) by 8 wkts LV County Championship, Division One The Rose Bowl: Hampshire 213 & 171 drew with Notts 183 & 198-6; Edgbaston: Warwicks 521 beat Sussex 259 & 219 by an innings and 43 runs; Headingley: Lancs 328 (SJ Croft 54, TC Smith 51; RJ Sidebottom 4-68) & 194 (KW Hogg 52, SI Mahmood 50; TT Bresnan 4-50) bt Yorks 239 (RM Pyrah 117, RJ Sidebottom 52; KW Hogg 5-62) & 260 (G Chapple 5-71) by 23 runs. …