Du Toit wrecks Notts
Jacques du Toit’s blistering 141 and a sensational spell of bowling from Wayne White helped Leicestershire to a 47-run victory over Nottinghamshire in their opening Clydesdale Bank 40 match at Grace Road.
South Africa-born du Toit smashed 14 fours and three sixes as the Foxes amassed 282 for six, while Will Jefferson also hit a rapid half-century against his former county.
Nottinghamshire made a whirlwind start to the run-chase with Hashim Amla and Alex Hales putting on 96 in 13 overs, but White claimed career-best figures of 6-29, including three wickets in four balls, as the visitors crashed to 235 all out in 37 overs.
However, it was du Toit’s brilliant innings that laid the platform for victory after the hosts were asked to bat first in this Group C clash.
Jefferson and du Toit shared an opening stand of 98 in 15 overs, although both players profitted from dropped catches: du Toit was down by Andre Adams at slip and Jefferson was spilled by Samit Patel at mid-off.
The pair made the most of their escapes, though. Jefferson raced to 50 off 34 balls, pummelling 11 fours before he was bowled by Graeme White chasing another.
But Nottinghamshire were unable to shackle du Toit. Having reached 50 off 61 balls, he pressed the accelerator as the ball flew to all parts.
He hit two sixes an over off Steven Mullaney and another off Darren Pattinson, reaching his century off 97 balls.
Du Toit was given good support by Paul Nixon and was finally sixth out for 141 off 122 balls, slicing to cover off Paul Franks.
Hales and Amla, who made 46 and 53 respectively, gave the Outlaws an excellent start but wickets fell regularly once both departed.
White was in tremendous form, snaring Mullaney, Patel and Franks in an over and also accounting for Adams as Nottinghamshire folded with three overs still unused.
Patel made a defiant 59 and Mullaney 41 off 22 balls, but it was not enough to deny the home side.