Twenty20 Cup - North Division
Leicestershire 149-7 Innings Complete (H D Ackerman 55) v Nottinghamshire 150-5 (C L Cairns 50)
Nottinghamshire beat Leicestershire by 5 wkts
Nottinghamshire have returned to the top of the Twenty20 Cup's North Division after scoring a five-wicket victory over Leicestershire at Trent Bridge.
Now in his sixth spell with Notts, Chris Cairns made an impact by hitting a maiden Twenty20 half-century.
The veteran New Zealander, who came out of retirement to sign as a Kolpak player for the competition, hit six fours from 40 balls as the home side reached their target of 150 with two balls to spare.
Nevertheless, after Adam Voges and Samit Patel departed in the opening two overs, the Outlaws appeared initially to be in trouble.
But five fours from Will Jefferson soon got them back on track while Bilal Shafayat (27) compiled a patient innings before being bowled by spinner Claude Henderson.
Cairns and Chris Read (29 no) then upped the tempo, with the pair respectively smashing Jagir Naik for six over mid-wicket and hitting two consecutive fours off James Allenby.
With Notts needing 18 off two overs, a cover drive handed Cairns his 50 and although he then chipped to mid-wicket, Mark Ealham came in to finish the job.
Earlier, and having won the toss, HD Ackerman top-scored for Leicestershire in their total of 149-7 with 55 off 45 balls, hitting six fours in his third consecutive half-century.
The visitors appeared well placed for a big total after winning the toss and reaching 114-3 at the end of the 14th over.
Opener Jacques du Toit made a quick-fire 20 before being run out, with Allenby and Boeta Dippenaar quick to follow.
But Ackerman then put on 49 with skipper Paul Nixon, who hit Patel for a six over mid-wicket before perishing to the same bowler attempting the same shot.
However, after Rob Ferley removed Ackerman and Dillon du Preez with consecutive deliveries, Leicestershire lost their way in the final six overs, losing three wickets in 11 balls while only adding 35 to their total.