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T20 Blast 2019

'It hasn't really sunk in' - Ackermann revels in his record-breaking 7-18

Colin Ackermann became the first bowler ever to claim a seven-wicket haul in T20 cricket when he absolutely ransacked the Warwickshire batting line-up to lead Leicestershire to a commanding 55-run win.

The T20 Blast clash between the two sides saw the part-time off-spinner roll his arm over with stunning accuracy as he beat the previous world record held by Malaysian bowler Arul Suppiah who registered figures of 6-5 for Somerset against Glamorgan in 2011.

Ackermann, Leicestershire's Kolpak signing and their captain, took the wickets of Michael Burgess, Sam Hain, Will Rhodes, Liam Banks, Alex Thomson, Henry Brookes and Jeetan Patel to finish with 7-18 in four overs.

The South African's astonishing bowling figures were a marked improvement from his previous best returns of 3-21 in the shortest format.

"It hasn't really sunk in. I'm sure I'll remember this game for a long time," he said after the opposition badly flopped in their chase of the target of 190 at Grace Road and were bundled out for 134.

"I think it's the first time it's really turned at Grace Road. I tried to use my height and get a bit of bounce.

"I wanted to get the batters to hit into the bigger side of the field and mixed up my pace."

Ackermann, who averages a shade over 41 with the bat in first-class cricket, said he never dreamed of achieving such extraordinary success while bowling.

"Never in a million years (did I think I would set a world record). I'm a batting all-rounder," he added.

"You can't take away from a great display of bowling. Colin's spell put them in the ascendancy," Warwickshire skipper Patel admitted.

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