Lumb blitz stuns Foxes
A blistering half-century from Michael Lumb helped Nottinghamshire romp to a 69-run victory over Leicestershire and secure a home quarter-final with Hampshire in the Friends Life t20.
Lumb smashed six sixes and five fours as he raced to 62 from just 26 balls before he was caught, while James Taylor and Riki Wessels, who made 45 and 32 respectively, propelled Nottinghamshire to 196 for three, their highest score against the Foxes in Twenty20 cricket.
Andy Carter returned 3-12 and Graeme White took 2-19 to drag Leicestershire behind the run-rate and, despite Abdul Razzaq’s 69 from 50 balls - with 11 fours and a six - the defending champions could only make 127 for nine in reply as they finished bottom of the North Group.
Lumb hit boundaries off the first deliveries he faced from Leicestershire’s opening four bowlers, including a maximum off Razzaq whose first over went for 19.
Wayne White finally ended the carnage in his first over, but only after conceding three sixes to Lumb over midwicket, while Taylor holed out to long-off after hitting three maximums and a four of his own.
Wessels added a quartet of fours and another six before he gave James Sykes his second wicket, falling in similar fashion to Taylor, with Adam Voges and Chris Read putting on an unbeaten 35 in the final four overs.
Harry Gurney then struck with the fourth ball of the Leicestershire chase as Josh Cobb could only pick out Graeme White at mid-off, although Razzaq hit five fours in the next two overs to keep the visitors in touch.
The Pakistan all-rounder was playing a lone hand, however, as he was the only batsman to score a boundary after Carter had demolished Greg Smith’s off-stump in the sixth over.
Graeme White’s teasing left-arm spin conceded just one boundary from his four overs, as well as bowling Ramnaresh Sarwan and removing Razzaq, caught behind by Read off the second ball back following a 25-minute break for rain.
That wicket virtually clinched the match, with Carter returning to bowl Robert Taylor and Wayne White, while Voges and Darren Pattinson were also in the wickets as the Outlaws claimed finished as the best second-placed team from the three groups.