Hannah Hughes’ 46 helped Nottinghamshire’s women to a comfortable 39-run victory over Leicestershire in their opening friendly T20 of the season.

Hughes notched the highest score of the game from 42 balls as Notts posted 119-3 after winning the toss.

The 23-year-old shared in a stand of 74 for the third wicket with Yvonne Graves (35* from 38 deliveries) as the Green and Golds weathered the early loss of Ella Porter (12) and skipper Sonia Odedra (4).

After the pair were parted with little more than an over to go, Graves was joined by Jodie Cook (3*) to marshall Notts to a total which proved beyond their opponents.

Rhiannon Knowling-Davies made the first incision into the Leicestershire line-up, castling Earland for 9, before Odedra picked up the scalp of Katie Winterton (3).

Earland’s fellow opener Sophie Bennett offered stout resistance with an unbeaten 30, but the support around her came and went.

Beth Black made three before being caught by Rebecca Widdowson off Jodie Cook, before Hughes took centre stage once more for the first of three run-outs, accounting for Jess Lapworth (1).

Bennett aside, no other Leicestershire batter made double figures.

Una Paramjothy was bowled by Widdowson for 3, before three Leicestershire wickets fell for just nine runs.

Knowling-Davies removed Aimee Colquhoun for 4, before Hughes enacted her second run-out of the innings to see off Kaushica Vasseeharan.

Emily Batey fell from the final delivery, run out by Amelia Kite, as Notts eased over the line.

The second T20 of the day between the sides was abandoned 15 overs into the Nottinghamshire innings.

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