Lumb and Christian smash Notts to win over Leicestershire

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Dynamic batting from Michael Lumb and Dan Christian powered Notts Outlaws to an eight victory over Leicestershire Foxes, under the Duckworth Lewis method – also helped establish a new county record.

The Outlaws romped to their eighth straight win, the first time they have done that in the NatWest T20 Blast, with Lumb scoring an unbeaten 69 from 26 balls and Christian clubbed his way to 54 not out from just 16.

After both innings of the match had been interrupted by bad weather, Notts were left to score 141 from 14 overs. Thanks to Lumb’s start – which saw him reach his 50 in only 17 deliveries - and then Christian’s brutality which saw him get to his half century from a ball fewer, the home side raced to 146 for two in only 10.3 overs.

Put in, after Christian had won his eighth straight toss, Leicestershire Foxes made 170 for four, after an interruption had initially reduced the contest to 18 overs.

Mark Cosgrove made 53 from 34 balls for the visitors, having hit six fours and a six and Farhaan Behardien made an undefeated 48 from 26 balls.

After sharing in an opening stand of 50 with Cosgrove, captain Mark Pettini perished in the seventh over, lifting Patel into the hands of Christian at short extra cover.

Imran Tahir’s leg spin was held back until the eleventh over and he made up for lost time by immediately ending Cosgrove’s stay with a googly, which had the batsman groping forward and unable to get back and beat the Read stumping.

Cameron Delport presented the ‘keeper with another scalp in the next over, hoisting Steven Mullaney high into the skate grey skies.

Behardien hit the same bowler high over the midwicket ropes and appeared set to mount an assault in the closing overs but deteriorating conditions soon forced the players back to the pavilion with 115 for three on the board.

Despite a lengthy delay the umpires found time for the Foxes to have three more overs, which produced 55 runs.

Lewis Hill hit 30 before hitting Luke Fletcher out to Jake Ball on the leg side fence, one delivery after the same fielder had spilled a diving effort in the same vicinity.

Behardien monopolised the strike from then on, clubbing 25 from the final over, bowled by Ball.

Notts began their romp to the finishing line with an explosive start from Lumb and Riki Wessels. They blazed their way to 60 from just 4.3 overs,at which point Clint McKay bowled Wessels, heaving across the line, for 19.

Lumb had given the innings a real impetus by hitting three sixes in a Richard Jones over, which went for 26 runs. Neil Dexter’s introduction into the attack cost a further 16 as Lumb moved to his 50 from 17 balls, with seven fours and three sixes.

Rob Sayer sent back Greg Smith, lbw for 4 but his next ball was smashed back over his head for another maximum as Christian stylishly announced his arrival in the middle.

The Australian then went on a super-charged offensive. He hit Sayer for three sixes in a row before his sixth maximum, off Clint McKay, sealed the victory for his side.

Whilst the defeat leaves the Foxes at the foot of the table, Notts Outlaws can now look forward to a home quarter final against Essex, the fourth placed team in the South Group.