“It hasn’t really sunk in yet. It was a great all-round performance from the team to set the game up for the bowlers,” said Colin Ackermann. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

LEICESTER – Leicestershire Foxes captain Colin Ackermann set a new Twenty20 bowling record on Wednesday by taking seven wickets for 18 runs (7/18) in his team’s victory over Birmingham Bears in the T20 Blast.

The off-spinner’s haul surpassed the previous record of six wickets for five runs set by Somerset all-rounder Arul Suppiah while bowling against Glamorgan in July 2011.

The 28-year-old Ackermann plays for the Warriors franchise in South Africa.

His previous best figures in the format were 3/21, but he took six of his seven wickets in two overs as Leicestershire won by 55 runs, and said afterwards that could not quite believe he had broken the record.

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” he told the BBC. “It was a great all-round performance from the team to set the game up for the bowlers.”

Earlier in the match, Harry Swindells and Lewis Hill both struck half-centuries to help Leicestershire reach 189/6.

Reuters