Foxes and Outlaws share the spoils

NatWest T20 Blast Matchday 9: Leicestershire Foxes v Notts Outlaws


RESULT | No result between Leicestershire Foxes and Notts Outlaws (1 point each)

REACTION | Dieter Klein spoke to us after the match, the interview is available HERE

REPORT | Leicestershire Foxes’ bad luck with the weather at the Fischer County Ground continued as the game against Notts Outlaws was abandoned at the halfway stage.

Powerful half-centuries from in-form duo Riki Wessels and Alex Hales helped the Outlaws post 210 for 8 but that represented a decent fightback from the Foxes given the openers had propelled the score to 104 in the ninth over.

Wickets were shared around as Callum Parkinson, Dieter Klein and Mathew Pillans collected two apiece while Colin Ackermann and Clint McKay also got themselves on the scorecard.

But just as rain spoilt the first game here against Northants Steelbacks and restricted Friday’s match against Durham Jets to seven overs per side, it arrived again – this time to prevent an outcome.

There had been the prospect of a five-over chase at 9.27pm with the Foxes requiring a target of 68 off five overs but it poured down again as the Outlaws bowlers were warming up.

McKay returned to lead the Foxes with Gavin Griffiths coming out of the side that lost to Derbyshire Falcons on Sunday.

The Outlaws were inserted but Wessels and Hales immediately looked in good touch, bringing up the 50 after just 3.5 overs.

Wessels opened the Notts boundary account by striking through backward point and the batsman also hit a trio of maximums in the powerplay, including a sweetly timed sweep off McKay that was sent towards Milligan Road.

Hales collected fours through mid-off, cover point and third man, and also struck a maximum to mid-on.

The duo picked up further boundaries in the fifth over as a pair of drives off Mathew Pillans just evaded Ackermann at mid-off while Hales collected a further four with a pick-up to mid-wicket that just bounced short of the rope.

Hales drove, swept and cut to the fence in the final over of the powerplay as the Outlaws rocketed to 82 without loss.

Ackermann stemmed the flow as just four singles came off the seventh but a Wessels snick off Cameron Delport flew through down to third man and the 100 was recorded after 8.1 overs.

Although Hales reached 50 off 26 balls (8x4, 1x6), the England international perished to the next delivery after losing his balance to Ackermann, Ronchi whipping the bails off to end the three-figure alliance.

Wessels followed his opening colleague to a landmark; it came courtesy of a huge six over mid-on off the 29th ball of the innings. His fifth maximum followed in the same region at the start of the 11th.

Tom Moores (19 off 13) struck a pair of straight sixes before departing to Callum Parkinson's slow left arm, Aadil Ali taking a smart low catch at long-on. The spinner also claimed the wicket of Wessels (63 off 37, 5x4, 5x6) in the 13th over as the batsman failed to clear McKay at short third man with a reverse sweep.

The Foxes made it four wickets in the space of eleven balls as both Brendan Taylor and Samit Patel chopped their first delivery from Klein on to the stumps. When Parkinson finished his spell by conceding six singles, Notts had been pegged back to 152 for 5 off 15.

But some wonderfully clean striking from Dan Christian (33 off 22, 5x4), coupled with quirky strokes from Steven Mullaney and Billy Root, who both hit two fours in scoring 14 runs off 9 balls, helped to ensure that a 20-over chase would be above ten-and-a-half per over.

County claimed three more wickets before the innings came to its conclusion. Mullaney holing out to Tom Wells at long-on off McKay while Pillans claimed wickets with both the first and last ball of the final over as Christian sliced to Klein on the third man boundary while Ish Sodhi (2 off 2) was bowled.

Sadly the rain that had started to fall towards the end of the innings got steadier and heavier. It relented for a brief period to allow the potential of a restart but precipitation arrived again at 9.20pm. Umpires David Millns and Rob Bailey were forced to abandon the game, so the sides shared the two points.

Leicestershire Foxes therefore have nine points from the first nine matches of the campaign and are next in action against Lancashire Lightning at the FCG on Friday evening (6.30pm start).

Bowling figures for Leicestershire: Klein 4-0-41-2, Parkinson 4-0-39-2, McKay 3-0-34-1, Pillans 4-0-42-2, Ackermann 3-0-27-1, Delport 2-0-23-0.

TEAM | Ronchi (wk), Delport, Cosgrove, Ackermann, Aadil, Hill, Wells, Pillans, Parkinson, McKay (capt), Klein.