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June 10, 2011
Nottinghamshire 164 for 8 (Voges 36) v Leicestershire 21 for 0 Match abandoned due to rain
Nottinghamshire's perfect record in the Friends Life t20 came to a soggy end when their clash with Leicestershire was abandoned after a thunderstorm at Grace Road.
The Outlaws posted 164 for 8 after being put into bat with David Hussey hitting 32 off 16 balls to go past fellow Australian Brad Hodge's world record total of 3,690 runs in Twenty20 cricket. But with the Foxes at 21 without loss after 2.4 overs of their reply, heavy rain followed by thunder and lightning brought an end to proceedings leaving the teams with one point each.
It meant an end to Nottinghamshire's three-game winning run to start the competition while the Foxes were also robbed of the chance to end their 10-game winless run at Grace Road. The last time the Foxes won a Twenty20 match at home was against Yorkshire in June 2009.
With the pitch tinged with green Foxes' captain Matthew Hoggard put the Outlaws into bat and left-arm seamer Harry Gurney had them rocking with two wickets in his second over. Gurney snared openers Alex Hales and Riki Wessels who both provided catches with top-edged pull shots.
Hussey was soon into his stride however and a glorious straight six off Abdul Razzaq took him past Hodge's record. Hussey then smacked Gurney for three consecutive boundaries and with Hoggard conceding 16 runs in his first over the Outlaws reached 61 for 2 off their six overs of Powerplay.
Hussey and fellow Perth-born batsman Adam Voges put on 55 in five overs with the stand ended when Hussey clipped a catch to midwicket off Hoggard. Voges was then run out when Andrew McDonald deflected a straight drive by Samit Patel into the stumps and the Outlaws' innings gradually ran out of steam.
Chris Read and Steven Mullaney provided some late momentum but a superb final two overs from Razzaq, which brought him two wickets for only six runs, pegged the Outlaws to 164 for eight with only 32 runs coming from the last five overs.
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