Leicestershire captain Colin Ackermann set a new T20 world record with bowling figures of 7-18 in their victory against Birmingham .

Off-spinner Ackermann, 28, led the Foxes to a 55-run win which also boosted their quarter-final chances.

His figures surpassed the previous best of 6-5 in 22 balls by Somerset’s Arul Suppiah against Glamorgan in 2011.

Meanwhile, there were also wins on Wednesday for Somerset, Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire.

But the night well and truly belonged to Leicestershire’s Ackermann, whose previous best figures in the format were 3-21.

He took three of his seven wickets in one over as Birmingham lost their last eight wickets for just 20 runs to be bowled out for 134, chasing 190 at Grace Road.

“It’s quite hard to believe, I didn’t know that the record was seven wickets,” Ackermann told BBC Radio Leicester.

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet and it was a great all-round performance from the team really to set the game up.”

More to follow.


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