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.
Welcome, Gareth 👊
— Leicestershire Foxes 🦊 (@leicsccc) August 18, 2020
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.
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.
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.
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?
What a win!!! 🦊 https://t.co/pctLVjEaRx
— Gareth Delany (@GarethDelany) September 11, 2020
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