Foxes thrashed as Outlaws get on a roll
Featured News | 24th June 2009
Ali Brown and Matt Wood combined again as Notts Outlaws swept aside Leicestershire Foxes with a nine-wicket thrashing to stay in contention in the North Division of the Twenty20 Cup.
After Ryan Sidebottom had equalled his career-best bowling figures with 3-16 to limit the visitors to just 123-7, Brown and Wood put on 119 for the first wicket - a Notts record in the competition - as they raced to victory midway through the 15th over.
Brown thrashed the Leicestershire attack for 72 off 48 balls, hitting eight fours and two sixes, while Wood was unbeaten on 43.
And 28-year-old Wood said: “It’s been good fun batting with Ali. He’s been on fire in these past two games, and it’s just a case of giving him as much of the strike as possible while he plays all the big shots.
“I enjoy Twenty20 and it’s just nice to be playing in front of big crowds. Our bowlers were exceptional in keeping the score down to 123 and Ryan Sidebottom was outstanding again.
“This competition really does rely a lot on momentum. Once you get on a winning run it can become a habit and that’s something we will look to build on against Derbyshire on Friday.”
Although Leicestershire got off to a decent start after winning the toss and choosing to bat, the wheels came off from the moment Sidebottom caught Matthew Boyce attempting a reverse sweep off Samit Patel in the eighth over.
Paul Franks removed James Allenby in the next over and only two more boundaries were struck in the entire innings as the bowlers tightened the screw.
Sidebottom took two wickets in an over and skipper Chris Read saved the best until last, with a stunning one-handed catch behind the stumps to dismiss Claude Henderson in Sidebottom’s final over.
Notts needed barely more than a run a ball but instead Brown and Wood kept on hitting 10 an over all the way through the first half of the innings, finding the boundary at will.
Brown eventually perished trying to finish the match in style, his attempted six caught by a diving Jacques du Toit at long-off.
But Will Jefferson joined Wood to complete the simplest of tasks, and Notts can now look forward to taking on Derbyshire on Friday - with David Hussey due to make his much-anticipated return to Trent Bridge.
Paul Franks celebrates bowling James Allenby.