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Notts outfox champions in opener

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Leicestershire were bowled out for 96 in a calamitous start to the defence of their Friends Life t20 title against Nottinghamshire at Grace Road.

It was their lowest score in a competition they have won three times, and the Outlaws romped to victory by six wickets with seven overs to spare.

Former Foxes star James Taylor clinched the win, hitting 16 off six balls with four fours in an over from Wayne White.

Notts seamer Steven Mullaney claimed limited-overs-best figures of 4-19 from four overs, picking up the wickets of Ramnaresh Sarwan, Matthew Boyce, Kadeer Ali and Robert Taylor.

Abdul Razzaq, Adam Voges, Chris Read, Samit Patel & Riki Wessels

Samit Patel cheaply traps dangerman Abdul Razzaq in front as Leicestershire slide to 96 all out en route to a six-wicket defeat

Although the pitch always had something in it for the bowlers, it was a disappointing performance by the hosts who were dismissed in just 17.3 overs after being put into bat.

They lost their last five wickets for 31 runs as they fell well short of posting anything like a competitive target.

Sarwan and White top-scored with 13 each, and the extras column also added another 13 runs. 

Opener Josh Cobb looked in good form when he struck two successive fours off Darren Pattinson, only to be bowled by the next delivery.

That set the tone of the innings. Jacques du Toit was lbw playing across the line and both Sarwan and Boyce popped up easy return catches to Mullaney.

Abdul Razzaq never settled and was trapped in front by Samit Patel and, although White hit the left-arm spinner for six, he was immediately bowled as the wickets continued to tumble.

FLt20 captain Adam Voges finished things off by dismissing Claude Henderson and Matthew Hoggard to claim his first wickets in the competition for Notts, and leave his side with an easy target to chase.

Hoggard picked up the early scalps of Alex Hales and Rikki Wessels, but there was never any danger of the Outlaws missing out.

Michael Lumb, who was unbeaten on 25, and Taylor saw them safely over the line with little trouble after handy contributions from Voges and Patel, who hit 21 and 17 respectively.

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