Worcestershire made two changes to the team that won at Edgbaston for the Friends Life t20 match against Leicestershire at Grace Road. Saeed Ajmal came into the side, replacing Chris Whelan to partner Shakib Al-Hasan for a potent spin combination. The other change was Aneesh Kapil replacing Shaaiq Choudhry.
Daryl Mitchell won the toss for Worcestershire and elected to bowl first. The home side made a brisk start with Josh Cobb hitting a quick fire 30 off just 16 balls in the first four overs. Cobb was eventually dismissed in the 4th over to a catch by Kapil at short 3rd man off the bowling of Gareth Andrew. This proceeded a good passage of play for the visitors with Leicestershire falling to 58-5 by the end of the 8th over with Shakib Al-Hasan taking 2-5 in his first three overs.
The home side recovered thanks to a battling innings by Paul Nixon who completed a 6th wicket stand of 54 with Abdul Razzaq which helped the home side build a more respectable score. Razzaq hit two huge sixes in his innings of 20 off 25 balls but was caught by James Cameron off the bowling of Andrew attempting another huge shot.
Shakib Al-Hasan finished with very economical figures of 2-11 from his four overs and Saeed Ajmal 3-31, including two wickets in the final over of the innings. Nixon was stumped by Ben Scott for 44 with two balls of the innings to go, which were faced by the Leicestershire skipper Matthew Hoggard who scored 10 runs off them to allow the home side to reach 151-8 in their 20 overs.
The Worcestershire reply never really got going with boundaries hard to come by the visitors found themselves already 24 runs behind the required run rate by the end of the power-play overs. Abdul Razzaq was in fine form conceding just eleven runs in his first three overs, complimented by Harry Gurney who went for twelve runs, both picking up a wicket apiece. Razzaq finished with figures of 2-16.
The bowlers were helped by an excellent fielding display with three stunning catches been taken as the Worcestershire batsmen tried to find the boundary. Useful contributions were made by Moeen Ali (32) and Daryl Mitchell (23*) with James Cameron top scoring with 36 but none of the other batsmen made double figures. Worcestershire were never able to get ahead of the game and came up 19 runs short by the end of the 20 over allocation to give Leicestershire their first home win in the t20 competition for almost two years.
Worcestershire (132-7) lost to Leicestershire (151-8) by 19 runs.