Colin Ackermann
Colin Ackermann (Credits: Twitter)

Leicestershire captain Colin Ackermann, on Wednesday, smashed the record books by producing the best bowling figures in T20 history. His spell helped Leicestershire thrash Birmingham Bears by 55 runs in Vitality Blast.

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Bowling his part-time off-breaks, Ackermann finished with the incredible figures of 7-18 from his four overs as the Bears collapsed dramatically. The Birmingham-based outfit lost their last eight wickets for just 20 runs to subside to 134 all out. Ackermann became the first bowler to ever take seven wickets in a Twenty20, breaking Arul Suppiah’s record of 6-5 for the best figures in men’s T20 cricket.

Ackermann took the wickets of Michael Burgess, Sam Hain, Will Rhodes, Liam Banks, Alex Thomson, Henry Brookes and Jeetan Patel in his side’s 55-run at Grace Road.

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“It hasn’t really sunk in. I’m sure I’ll remember this game for a long time,” the Leicestershire captain said after the visitors, chasing 190 to win, were dismissed for 134.

“I think it’s the first time it’s really turned at Grace Road. I tried to use my height and get a bit of bounce. I wanted to get the batters to hit into the bigger side of the field and mixed up my pace.

“Never in a million years (did he think he would set a world record). I’m a batting all-rounder,” he added.

With the win, Leicestershire went up the North Group table into fourth place, above Birmingham. The Bears, on the other hand, have now taken only a single point from their last four games. Leicestershire opener Harry Swindells hit his first half-century in any format, scoring 63 from 50 deliveries, while Lewis Hill slammed 58 off 28 to propel their side to 189 for 6.

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In reply, Sam Hain struck a fifty but he too fell to Ackermann as Leicestershire secured the win with 2.2 overs to spare.

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