Jack Leaning has never played international cricket, but the batsman has made headlines around the world after pulling off a spectacular catch in England’s domestic T20 competition overnight.
Yorkshire Vikings’ Leaning was fielding on the cover boundary in the eighth over when a hard hit from Lancashire Lightning’s Arron Lilley off a Liam Plunkett full toss looked to be headed over the rope.
But, after initially misjudging the flight of the ball, Leaning backpedalled before leaping and pouching a memorable one-handed catch to send the crowd into raptures at Headingley.
Former England captain Nasser Hussain, who was on commentary, described the catch as “amazing”.
“He ran in, he made a difficult catch impossible and then he grabbed it,” he said.
“We’ve seen some great catches – this will take some beating.”
Leaning’s grab reduced Lancashire to 3-63 in response to Yorkshire’s 7-182 as the visiting side fell 19 runs short.
But the 23-year-old’s catch was not the only highlight of an absorbing fixture, with former England all-rounder Tim Bresnan returning career-best T20 figures of 6-19.
Bresnan removed three of the Lightning’s top six before cleaning up the tail in a man-of-the-match display.
The 32-year-old grabbed three wickets and effected a run out in a remarkable last over of the match to secure a victory as third-placed Yorkshire took a big step towards earning a quarter-final berth.
Meanwhile, former South Australia and Tasmania left-hander Mark Cosgrove registered his second consecutive half-century to steer Leicestershire Foxes to an upset victory over Northamptonshire Steelbacks.
Batting at No.3, Cosgrove belted 79 off 48 balls, including four sixes and three boundaries as Leicestershire piled on 7-193 to set up a 48-run triumph.
- Sussex Sharks (5-139) toppled Glamorgan (138) by five wickets, with Chris Jordan grabbing 3-17
- Mohammad Amir (2-25) and Ravi Bopara (2-24) played key roles in Essex Eagles’ nine-run win over Middlesex.
- Hampshire (4-171) defeated Kent Spitfires (7-167) by six wickets on the back of half-centuries from openers James Vince (57) and Calvin Dickinson (51), who had a 72-run stand for the first wicket and smacked 12 fours and five sixes between them.
- Samit Patel contributed an unbeaten 77 from 48 balls, including 10 boundaries, as Nottinghamshire Outlaws (5-183) completed a successful run-chase against Warwickshire (7-180).
- And Tom Latham (62) spearheaded Durham Jets’ (5-165) narrow victory over Worcestershire Rapids.
Nottinghamshire is in first position on the North group table, while Hampshire tops the South group.