Foxes finally break winless streak
James Allenby hit a half century and then took three wickets to steer bottom of the table Leicestershire Foxes to a dramatic five-run victory over Nottinghamshire Outlaws in the Twenty20 Cup clash at Grace Road.
It was the Foxes' first win in eight games in the north division and the defeat left the Outlaws' chances of qualifying for the quarter-final stages hanging in the balance.
Allenby top scored with 57 in the Foxes total of 131 for six and then claimed three for 15 taking two of the wickets in the final over of the match as Notts were hustled out to 126 with one ball left.
And after seven defeats in a row the Foxes had again looked to have fallen short with their total after winning the toss and deciding to bat.
They made a nightmare start with HD Ackerman, Boeta Dippenaar and Jacques du Toit all back in the pavilion inside the first four overs with only 11 runs on the board.
But Paul Nixon and Allenby pulled Leicestershire round with a fourth wicket partnership of 89 in 12 overs - a club record in this competition.
Nixon was in typical aggressive form hitting seven boundaries in his 44-ball 42 before chipping a catch to Will Jefferson at midwicket.
But Allenby went on to reach an impressive 50 off 47 balls with five fours and a sweetly struck six off Andre Adams.
He was fifth out in the final over however when he was bowled by Charlie Shreck going for another big hit. Shreck finished with impressive figures of four for 22.
But he was then overshadowed by Nadeem Malik who produced a superb four over spell claiming four wickets for 16 runs to leave Notts in disarray.
Former Nottinghamshire man Malik picked up the wickets of Jefferson, Samit Patel, Bilal Shafayat and Chris Cairns to leave the Outlaws at 41 for four by the seventh over.
But Australian Adam Voges put them back on track again with a fine half century that came off 41 balls and included six fours and a six.
But he could find no one to stay with him and the wickets continued to topple with Notts finally requiring nine runs off the final over for victory. It was snatched from their grasp by Allenby who claimed two wickets in two balls after Jeremy Snape had marked his final game in first class cricket by trapping Voges lbw for 59.
Snape finished with one for 10 and Allenby had figures of three for 15 off 3.5 overs.