Ireland’s Gareth Delany Dazzles in the 2020 T20 Blast for Leicestershire Foxes

Gareth Delany of Ireland scored a superb half-century for dark horses Leicestershire Foxes against Durham
LEEDS, ENGLAND - AUGUST 31: Gareth Delany of Leicestershire Foxes hits the ball while batting during the T20 Vitality Blast 2020 match between Leicestershire Foxes and Durham at Emerald Headingley Stadium on August 31, 2020 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

International Pedigree

Ireland’s Gareth Delany is proving to be a revelation for the Leicestershire Foxes in this year’s T20 Blast. With his high baseball type batting stance, Delaney has helped the Foxes to two recent wins in the competition.

Delaney honed his skills in the Ireland’s domestic tournaments. At the age of 23 a bright cricket future beckons. In recent summers, while representing Leinster Lightning, the cricket grounds of Ireland have witnessed his talents in abundance.

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The Ireland opener arrived at Grace Road with sound international pedigree. In 23 T2O internationals the 23 year old has scored 436 runs at an average of 24.

First Win of Tournament

The Foxes had early struggles in this year’s tournament (not helped by the rain). However two weeks ago Delaney helped his side to their first win in the Blast against the Durham Jets.

It was an innings of swagger and significance, captured by Sky Sports’ live cameras.

The Leicestershire Foxes beat Durham at Leeds
LEEDS, ENGLAND – AUGUST 31: General view of play during the T20 Vitality Blast 2020 match between Leicestershire Foxes and Durham at Emerald Headingley Stadium on August 31, 2020 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Opening the batting, Ireland’s Gareth Delany dispatched the Durham attack to all parts of Headingley in a swashbuckling innings. He smashed 68 off just 45 deliveries. The Ireland opener hit seven 4s and three 6s as the Foxes claimed victory by 30 runs in front of Sky Sports’ TV audience.

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Yorkshire Win

Ben Coad celebrates taking a wicket for the Leicestershire Foxes
LEICESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 11: Ben Coad of the Vikings celebrates the wicket of Tom Taylor of the Foxes during the T20 Vitality Blast match between Leicestershire Foxes and Yorkshire Vikings at Fischer County Ground on September 11, 2020 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

This week, Ireland’s Gareth Delany and his leg spin has also proven to be an invaluable asset as Leicestershire hunted a second T20 Blast win.

Batting first the Yorkshire Vikings were cruising at 110-2 when the Dubliner was brought into the attack. It proved to be a decisive move. Delaney bagged the crucial wicket of Vikings’ opener Adam Lyth (71). He followed this up with a second wicket but the Vikings still posted a formidable score of 188.

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In the ensuing chase, the Ireland batsman clubbed a powerful 64 off just 41 balls. He struck seven 4s and four 6s as the Foxes chased down the Vikings’ imposing total.

Dark Horses

Leicestershire Foxes are dark horses to win the 2020 T20 Blast
LEICESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 11: Ben Mike celebrtes with team mate Callum Parkinson of the foxes after hitting a boundary off the last ball to win the match during the T20 Vitality Blast match between Leicestershire Foxes and Yorkshire Vikings at Fischer County Ground on September 11, 2020 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

The Foxes now lie in 3rd place in the Central Group and are back in the running for a quarter final place. Can Ireland’s Gareth Delany inspire the Leicestershire Foxes to go all the way at the 2020 T20 Blast?

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With one week left in the group phase, the Leicestershire Foxes will be looking to Gareth Delaney to steer them closer to Finals Day.

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