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Cricket news - Ackermann becomes first player to bag seven-for in T20s

Ackermann finished with figures of 7/18.

North Group

Leicestershire vs Warwickshire, Leicester

As someone who is predominantly considered a batsman who can offer some part-time bowling, Colin Ackermann used his latter skillset to enter the record books - becoming the first to pick up seven wickets in T20 cricket - as he starred in Leicestershire's 55-run win over Warwickshire at Grace Road. Leicestershire currently occupy the fourth spot on the North Group table with three wins from seven games while Warwickshire have two victories from six.

Chasing 190 for victory, Warwickshire were looking good at 114 for 2 after 13 overs, with Sam Hain and Adam Hose having added 91 for the third wicket. However, Ackermann, with his off-breaks, stunned Warwickshire by picking up 7 for 18 from four overs and in doing so, he surpassed Arul Suppiah (6-5), who had held the record of best bowling performance for eight years.

Earlier, Leicestershire were powered by half-centuries from Harry Swindells and Lewis Hill that helped them to a total of 189 for 6. While Swindells (63 off 50) played a slightly sedate role, trying to build partnerships to set up a platform, Hill provided the blitz at the end with his 28-ball 58.

Brief scores: Leicestershire 189/6 in 20 overs (Harry Swindells 63, Lewis Hill 58; Henry Brookes 3-26) beat Warwickshire 134 in 17.4 overs (Sam Hain 61, Adam Hose 34; Colin Ackermann 7-18) by 55 runs.

Northamptonshire vs Durham, Northampton

Peter Handscomb's unbeaten 65 went in vain as Northamptonshire secured a 21-run victory to register their second win in six matches. This was the second loss in as many games for Durham, who are placed fifth on the North Group table courtesy of their three earlier wins.

Asked to bat, Northamptonshire didn't have a productive start as Adam Rossington and Joshua Cobb fell early while Richard Levi and Rob Keogh didn't force the pace during their 32-run association. At 67 for 4 after 11 overs, Northamptonshire needed a boost to finish with a competitive total and that was provided by Alex Wakely and Dwaine Pretorius as the hosts finished with 145 for 6.

In reply, Durham lost three wickets inside the powerplay, with Faheem Ashraf bagging two. Rob Keogh then accounted for the middle order by picking up three wickets and despite Handscomb showing some fight, he didn't find any support from the other end as they ended up well short of the target.

Brief scores: Northamptonshire 145/6 in 20 overs (Alex Wakely 47*, Dwaine Pretorius 37; Matty Potts 3-31) beat Durham 124/8 in 20 overs (Peter Handscomb 65*; Rob Keogh 3-30, Faheem Ashraf 2-26) by 21 runs.

South Group

Essex vs Somerset, Chelmsford

A collective effort from the batsmen followed by a five-wicket haul for Roelof van der Merwe powered Somerset to a comprehensive 114-run victory over Essex at the County Ground. Somerset are currently placed sixth on the South Group table with three wins from seven matches while the loss in this game was Essex's fourth, leaving them at the seventh spot.

Barring James Hildreth, who fell for a first-ball duck, there were solid contributions from the Somerset top order after the visitors opted to bat. Tom Banton provided the platform with a quick-fire 39 off 17 while Babar Azam was slightly slower during his 39-ball outing for 56, with the Pakistan batsman being the lone half-centurion. While he mixed caution with aggression, Azam saw skipper Tom Abell tear into the Essex attack for a blitzy 45 off 22. There was no respite for the Essex bowlers as Edward Byrom also joined the party by scoring a 22-ball 44 while Craig Overton and Tom Lammonby provided the finishing touches to the innings, powering Somerset to a mammoth total of 225 for 6.

The pressure of chasing a big total took its toll on Essex as the top four, despite getting off to promising starts, failed to come up with anything substantial as the visitors kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Van der Merwe then essentially sealed the game in Somerset's favour when he took three wickets in four deliveries in the 10th over, sending back Ryan ten Doeschate, Ravi Bopara and Paul Walter. With hardly any fight from the tail, Essex were bowled out for 111, which had a negative influence on their Net Run Rate.

Brief scores: Somerset 225/6 in 20 overs (Babar Azam 56, Tom Abell 45, Edward Byrom 44; Ravi Bopara 3-18) beat Essex 111 in 12.5 overs (Daniel Lawrence 24; Roelof van der Merwe 5-32, Max Waller 3-26) by 114 runs.

Gloucestershire vs Kent, Bristol

Gloucestershire made a meal of a chase of 126 against Kent before getting over the line in the penultimate over to register their second win in seven matches. The hosts are placed fifth on the South Group with a tied game and two no results giving them three points along with the four from their two wins. Meanwhile, Kent are comfortably placed second with 12 points, with this loss being only their second in eight games.

Asked to bat, Kent lost a couple of early wickets before Daniel Bell-Drummond and Heino Kuhn steadied the innings with a 52-run partnership for the third wicket. However, what followed was a flurry of wickets, one that restricted Kent to 125 for 8 despite Bell-Drummond's fighting 62.

Gloucestershire were a bit jittery in the chase as the top order batsmen weren't in any hurry apart from James Bracey scoring a 15-ball 22. The hosts also lost a few wickets and were 96 for 5 at one stage before Benny Howell struck an unbeaten 25 off 14 and in the company of Jack Taylor, completed the chase.

Brief scores: Kent 125/8 in 20 overs (Daniel Bell-Drummond 62; Chris Liddle 2-23, Andrew Tye 2-24) lost to Gloucestershire 131/5 in 18.5 overs (Benny Howell 25*, James Bracey 22; Fred Klaassen 2-24) by 5 wickets

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