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Nottinghamshire on the brink

Nottinghamshire bowled out Leicestershire for 90 to win a low-scoring NatWest T20 Blast clash at Trent Bridge, putting themselves on the brink of the quarter-finals in the process.

The Outlaws struggled to 121-9 after electing to bat first at Trent Bridge, the hosts indebted to a score of 44 from all-rounder Samit Patel.

They lost wickets at regular intervals and also went 11 overs without a boundary, a sequence eventually broken when Patel hoisted spinner Jigar Naik down the ground for the only six of the innings.

However their efforts proved to be more than enough as Leicestershire - already well out of the running to finish in the top four in the North Group - were dismissed with nine balls still remaining in their innings.

They lost five wickets inside the powerplay overs and at one stage were 47-8 before some lower-order hitting, including a last-wicket stand of 27, got them up towards three figures.

Still, their final total was their worst ever in the Twenty20 format. The previous low for the county was 96, also against Nottinghamshire, back in the 2012 tournament.

They were in immediate trouble once Luke Fletcher bowled a double-wicket maiden, accounting for both Josh Cobb and Greg Smith, who had scored a century when the sides met at Grace Road last month.

A stunning boundary catch by James Franklin, looking into the sun, accounted for Niall O'Brien, and that was followed up by more individual brilliance as Steven Mullaney ran out Ned Eckersley with a direct hit.

When Ajmal Shahzad removed the dangerous Scott Styris, the visitors were 24-5. Tom Wells and Matt Boyce, who made 20, added 21 together they fell, along with Naik, in a disastrous seven-ball spell.

Ben Raine ended up unbeaten on 20 while Charlie Shreck (10) and Atif Sheikh (14) provided some late resistance to keep Nottinghamshire waiting; they now need just one more point from either of their two final games, away at Northamptonshire and Yorkshire, to guarantee a place in the knock-out stages.