Josh Inglis’ second Blast ton sends Worcestershire crashing out

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Blast’s leading scorer makes Rapids pay for early drop as Birmingham Bears squeeze into quarter-finals

Leicestershire 171 for 3 (Inglis 118*) beat Worcestershire 169 for 6 (Barnard 43*) by seven wickets

Josh Inglis‘ second century of the Vitality Blast season denied Worcestershire Rapids a place in the quarter-finals as Leicestershire Foxes finished their North Group season with a seven-wicket victory at the Uptonsteel County Ground.

After victory for the Birmingham Bears earlier, the Rapids had to win to deny their Midlands rivals the final qualifying position but their 169 for 6 proved insufficient as Inglis made them pay for a dropped catch on 14 by hitting eight sixes and 10 fours in his career-best unbeaten 118 off 61 balls to see the Foxes home with 13 balls to spare.

Ed Barnard had hit 43 from 24 balls to top score for the Rapids, Jake Libby making 35 and Ross Whiteley 31 but no-one could go on to make the big innings that was needed.
The Foxes finish out of the quarter-final places but have the distinction of having the group stage’s top run-scorer and top wicket-taker in their ranks, Inglis totalling 531 runs and Afghanistan pace bowler Naveen-ul-Haq 26 wickets.

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