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Leicestershire vs Nottinghamshire

Match info: NatWest T20 Blast at Grace Road, Leicester - North Group

Date: 19th Jun 2014 Umpires: N J Llong and S A Garratt

20-over match

Home team and score Away team score

Leicestershire

196/5 (20.0 Overs)

Result

Nottinghamshire

220/4 (20.0 Overs)

Nottinghamshire win by 24 runs

  • Last Updated: June 19 2014, 21:04 BST

Nottinghamshire clinched their third win in the NatWest t20 Blast after beating Leicestershire by 24 runs in a thrilling run-laden clash at Grace Road.

Samit Patel put on another display of big hitting
Samit Patel put on another display of big hitting

Put into bat the Outlaws smashed a club-record total of 220 for four with Riki Wessels hitting 66 off 31 balls and Samit Patel 63 off 37 balls.

But the Foxes responded to the daunting challenge in impressive fashion and did not fall too far short as they made 196 for five, with 25-year-old Greg Smith making a magnificent 102 - his career best in the competition.

He struck 13 fours and four sixes in his brilliant 54-ball innings but it was not enough to prevent Leicestershire from slipping to their fifth consecutive defeat.

Only skipper Josh Cobb was able to give Smith any real support in a second-wicket stand of 74 in 7.4 overs. Cobb made 40 off 27 balls with two sixes and three other boundaries before holing out to long off.

Between them Smith and Cobb kept the Foxes in with a chance of a sensational victory and at the halfway point they were only five runs behind where the Outlaws were at the same stage.

Smith, producing a dazzling array of shots on both sides of the wicket reaching his 50 off 32 balls and took only another 20 balls to post his century.

But he finally fell to the last ball of the 17th over when he skied a catch off Harry Gurney. That effectively ended Leicestershire's hopes of a much-needed win.

The Foxes bowlers also took a real battering with Wessels and Patel leading the charge that gave the Outlaws their best-ever score in T20.

Even without the injured Michael Lumb at the top of the order, Notts had more than enough firepower to clear the ropes with a barrage of boundaries.

They were helped by a dropped catch that gave Wessels a life when he had made 36. He was put down by Ben Raine at mid-wicket off the bowling of Cobb. It proved an expensive drop.

Alex Hales took 11 off the first over from Jigar Naik to set the tone but was bowled by a ball from Raine that kept low.

Phil Jaques, replacing Lumb made a breezy 22 but it was the last over of the power play that made the big difference. Wessels cut loose hitting three successive sixes off Nathan Buck in an over that went for 25 runs. Buck finished with figures of nought for 60.

Naik eventually had Wessels, who hit seven fours and four sixes, caught by Raine and Patel clipped Cobb to mid-wicket having hit seven fours and two sixes, but James Taylor (18 not out) and Chris Read (22no) saw Notts through to a match-winning total.