Match-winning innings a gift of Hodd

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Alex Lees column: Friday's win against Leicestershire in the Royal London one-day Cup at Grace Road was unbelievable. We ended up winning a game that for 90 per cent of it, we were behind the run of play really.

Andrew Hodd played a brilliant innings and he was definitely the match-winner for us.

Hoddy's an awesome wicketkeeper but he showed us the other day just how capable he is with the bat too.

He's a good guy to have around the place and everybody gets on really well with him. We were all delighted for him that he was able to contribute in such a big way and get us over the line.

Three wins out of three at the start of the week was just what we were looking for in this competition.

At the minute, it's going really well, and we go into Scarborough full of confidence. One more win should just about do it you would think for quarter-final qualification, then we can look forward.

I know a number of people make comparisons between Twenty20 Finals Day and a Lord's final these days in terms of which means more but you just want to get to any final and be as successful as possible. That's all it comes down to in my view.

The Twenty20 is perhaps hyped up more than the one-day competition is because of all the rewards in that format.

But, as a player, I'm just wanting to play in big games, big occasions and win trophies.

Everybody always enjoys playing at Lord's. I can't speak for playing finals at Lord's but it's a special place whenever you play. I'm sure it would be a great day if we can get there but there's a lot of hard work to do before that happens.

We have two one-day matches and then into the County Championship against Sussex, starting on Friday, all at Scarborough.

Festival week up there is always a special week in the calendar for us. The fans make an extra effort to come and support, which is great to see. It's a good cricket wicket there and the lads really enjoy it.

After that, there's a bit of a natural break with the quarter-finals hopefully not far away. We can go hard this week, have a bit of break and then go again for the last part of the season.

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