Nottinghamshire v Leicestershire

A masterclass of power hitting from Mark Ealham launched Nottinghamshire Outlaws to a remarkable win over Leicestershire by five wickets.

The veteran all-rounder came to the wicket with the hosts needing 31 to win with three overs left and blasted the hapless David Masters for 30 runs off the 18th over.

Ealham finished unbeaten on 31 off just seven balls, hitting four sixes and a four, with top-scorer David Hussey completing the win with 11 balls to spare by lofting Dinesh Mongia for four to finish 44 not out.

Earlier, Ealham had shown all his skills with the ball with figures of one for 15 off four overs after the visitors won the toss and chose to bat but found boundaries at a premium.

First AJ Harris produced a brilliant spell with the new ball, conceding just 13 runs from his four overs and picking up the wicket of Darren Robinson with the second delivery of the match caught behind.

And dangerman Darren Maddy also failed to account for Harris' away swing with a sliced drive high to a retreating Hussey at cover.

Charlie Shreck also picked up two wickets, with HD Ackerman bowled behind his legs by an in-swinger and Mongia caught behind.

Paul Nixon then chipped the off-spin of Graeme Swann to deep mid-wicket before Foxes skipper Jeremy Snape staged a mini-recovery with John Sadler.

The pair scampered singles effectively and also hit Swann for 16 in his final over, with Snape smashing a straight six, before Sadler hit Samit Patel's left-arm spin out of the ground.

The left-hander was then caught at deep cover, and Ealham tied things up by bowling Snape and running out Adam Griffith off the last ball.

Notts looked as though they would make a hash of chasing 137 when Stephen Fleming was bowled off his pads in the first over from Stuart Broad, Swann was caught behind and Patel top-edged a pull to cover.

But Hussey and Will Smith kept them in the hunt with some quick running of their own before Smith perished on the mid-wicket boundary.

Chris Read hit one imperious six before being bowled by Mongia looking to cut, but that only brought Ealham to the crease to bring the game to a spectacular close.


Twenty20 Cup, 2006, North Division
Nottinghamshire v Leicestershire
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
4 July 2006 (20-over match)

Result: Nottinghamshire won by 5 wickets
Points: Nottinghamshire 2, Leicestershire 0

Toss: Leicestershire
Umpires: RJ Bailey and JW Lloyds
Leicestershire innings                                          R   M   B  4 6
DDJ Robinson          c Fleming          b Harris               0   0   2  0 0
DL Maddy              c Hussey           b Harris              11   8   7  2 0
HD Ackerman                              b Shreck               4  19  11  0 0
D Mongia              c Read             b Shreck              17  21  21  3 0
+PA Nixon             c Franks           b Swann               13  21  19  1 0
*JN Snape                                b Ealham              38  43  30  3 1
JL Sadler             c Shreck           b Franks              33  26  26  1 1
J Allenby             not out                                   5   5   3  0 0
AR Griffith           run out                                   0   0   2  0 0
Extras                (lb 6, w 7, nb 2)                        15
Total                 (8 wickets, 20 overs)                   136

DNB: DD Masters, SCJ Broad.

FoW: 1-0 (Robinson), 2-15 (Maddy), 3-26 (Ackerman),
     4-44 (Mongia), 5-63 (Nixon), 6-129 (Sadler), 7-136 (Snape),
     8-136 (Griffith).

Bowling                      O      M      R      W
Harris                       4      0     13      2 (3w)
Shreck                       4      0     28      2 (2w)
Swann                        4      0     38      1 (1w)
Ealham                       4      0     15      1
Patel                        2      0     19      0
Franks                       2      0     17      1 (1nb, 1w)

Nottinghamshire innings (target: 137 runs)                      R   M   B  4 6
GP Swann              c Nixon            b Griffith             1   5   2  0 0
*SP Fleming                              b Broad                0   2   3  0 0
WR Smith              c Sadler           b Maddy               24  41  37  1 0
SR Patel              c Robinson         b Griffith             6  17  13  1 0
DJ Hussey             not out                                  44  46  36  5 0
+CMW Read                                b Mongia              15  17  11  1 1
MA Ealham             not out                                  31   7   7  1 4
Extras                (lb 12, w 4)                             16
Total                 (5 wickets, 18.1 overs)                 137

To Bat: GD Clough, PJ Franks, AJ Harris, CE Shreck.

FoW: 1-2 (Fleming), 2-2 (Swann), 3-28 (Patel), 4-55 (Smith),
     5-105 (Read).

Bowling                      O      M      R      W
Broad                        4      0     10      1 (3w)
Griffith                     3      0     12      2 (1w)
Maddy                        4      0     19      1
Masters                      3      0     49      0
Snape                        2      0     13      0
Allenby                      1      0     17      0
Mongia                       1.1    0      5      1
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