Four wickets each for Jack Blatherwick and Liam Patterson-White inspired Notts Academy to a comfortable 10-wicket win over neighbours Leicestershire at Lady Bay.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first, but they were soon in trouble, losing two wickets in the fifth over.

First Ash Trusz (11) to edged Blatherwick to Chris Gibson to second at slip and then next ball Don Butchart was trapped lbw, making the score 14-2.

Ben Mike joined Nightingale but the latter soon edged Blatherwick to keeper Tom Keast off the fourth ball of the 7th over, out for 6.

It was 30-4 when Mike (12) became a fourth victim of Blatherwick (4-36), caught at long leg by Ishraj Jandhu.

The score moved on to 48 in the 21st over before Solomon Budinger ran out Hishaan Khan (12) from mid-wicket, bringing Sam Bates to the middle.

After drinks, spinner Liam Patterson-White bowled Bates for 4 and Nathan Bowley for a duck in quick succession.

Having been the best of the Leicestershire batsmen, Moh Ahmed perished for 32 as he was taken at square leg by Patterson-White off Connor Marshall’s bowling, reducing the visitors to 82-8.

Replacement Harry Funnell (15 not out) helped the Foxes past three figures, but could then only watch as Alex Evans was trapped lbw by Patterson-White for 8, who then bowled last man Jacob Bailey for 7, with the final score 114 all out.

Notts wasted little time in pursuit of the modest target, with skipper Chris Gibson and fellow opener Solomon Budinger, bringing up the 50 stand in just 35 balls.

The pair were similarly swift to post the century partnership from 75 balls before Budinger hit the winning runs off the third ball of the 13th over to reach his fifty (35 balls, 5 fours, 3 sixes).

He finished unbeaten on 51 and Gibson not out on 41 as the Academy cruised home with ease.

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