Twenty20 Cup - North Division
Leicestershire 123-7 v Nottinghamshire 124-1 (A D Brown 72)
Nottinghamshire beat Leicestershire by 9 wkts
Ryan Sidebottom equalled his best bowling figures in Twenty20 cricket as Nottinghamshire Outlaws scored a nine-wicket victory over Leicestershire Foxes at Trent Bridge.
The England seamer warmed up for the Ashes with 3-16 from his four overs as the Foxes were limited to 123-7 in their Twenty20 Cup match.
Nottinghamshire reached the victory target in the 15th over, with openers Ally Brown and Matt Wood setting a new county record stand of 119 for the first wicket.
Brown hit his second consecutive half-century in the competition, making 72 off 48 balls with two sixes and nine fours, while Wood hit five fours on his way to 43 not out.
With Sidebottom taking a maiden in the opening over, Leicestershire needed nine balls to score a run off the bat, Matthew Boyce promptly hitting three fours off Darren Pattinson.
Boyce and fellow opener James Allenby had made their fourth successive 50 stand by the seventh over but it was downhill all the way for the Foxes from there on in.
Only two more boundaries were struck in the rest of the innings, Boyce - top scorer with 32 - being dismissed when he miscued a reverse sweep off Samit Patel to Sidebottom at short third man.
Allenby played on to Paul Franks in the next over before Paul Nixon was bowled by Mark Ealham and captain Boeta Dippenaar was yorked by Patel attempting a powerful sweep.
Sidebottom then returned and first claimed Jacques Du Toit, who was caught by Pattinson at long-off, before Wayne White was claimed lbw three balls later.
Wicketkeeper Chris Read then took a brilliant catch in the final over as Sidebottom prompted an edge from Claude Henderson.
Leicestershire's total looked ever more meagre as Brown and Wood asserted themselves, the pair hitting boundary after boundary to pass 50 after five overs and 100 after 10.
Brown was eventually well caught at long-off by Du Toit off Henderson, but Wood and Will Jefferson reached the target with 33 balls to spare.