An unbeaten 44 from Tom Moores was not enough as Notts Outlaws were beaten in a rain-reduced match against Leicestershire Foxes at Trent Bridge.

The Foxes ran out the victors by 21 runs after Arron Lilley scored 66 from only 30 balls, hitting 10 fours and two sixes, to hand his side their first Vitality Blast win of the season.

The 28-year-old reached his first T20 half century from only 22 balls, adding 86 with Mark Cosgrove as Leicestershire reached 125 for three after the contest was reduced to 11 overs per side.

Notts lost Alex Hales and Ben Duckett with only 20 runs on the board and could only muster 104 for six, despite Tom Moores' best efforts.

Gavin Griffiths collected figures of two for 22 for the visitors, the best return of the day.

When play did eventually begin, after a delay of two hours and 15 minutes, Harry Swindells was pinned lbw by Luke Wood for a first ball duck.

Lilley hit Imad Wasim for three consecutive boundaries in the second over and Cosgrove also unleashed three more in the next, bowled by Harry Gurney.

Building on their early momentum, the Foxes’ duo raced to a 50 partnership from only 25 balls, reached when Cosgrove hit Luke Fletcher over square leg for the first six of the match.

The seventh over, bowled by Jake Ball, went for 19, with Lilley finding the ropes on four separate occasions.

Wasim, on his home debut, forced the eventual mistake from Lilley, with wicketkeeper Moores taking the swirling catch.

Colin Ackermann, the visiting captain, hit 18 from 12 balls, supporting Cosgrove in a stand of 33 from 20 balls. 

Duckett and Hales departed within four balls of each other at the start of the Outlaws' reply, and wickets continued to tumble as the desperate search for runs became more and more frantic.

Joe Clarke was caught behind and Dan Christian, who had won the toss and opted to bowl first, fell to a catch in the deep by Dieter Klein.

The final over began with Notts still requiring 40. Tom Moores threw the bat in style and finished with five sixes in his 19-ball knock but the local bragging rights were already on their way back to Leicester.


There are four further opportunities to catch the Outlaws in T20 action at Trent Bridge this summer, with the next home game under the lights against Birmingham Bears on this coming Friday 2 August.

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