South African spinner Colin Ackermann took seven wickets for just 18 runs to attain a new Twenty20 world record in their victory against Birmingham Bears. The Leicestershire captain took six of his seven wickets in the space of two overs. The 28-year-old, achieved this feat during an English county match. Ackermann surpassed Somersets' Arul Suppiah's, who held this world record with amazing bowling figures of 6/5 against Glamorgan in 2011.
Ackermann bagged wickets of Michael Burgess, Sam Hain, Will Rhodes, Liam Banks, Alex Thomson, Henry Brookes and Jeetan Patel in his side's 55-run over Warwickshire at Grace Road on Wednesday.
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"It hasn't really sunk in. I'm sure I'll remember this game for a long time," the Leicestershire captain said after the visitors, chasing 190 to win, were dismissed 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." He added: "Never in a million years (did he think he would set a world record). I'm a batting all-rounder."
Wawrickshire skipper Patel said: "You can't take away from a great display of bowling. Colin's spell put them in the ascendancy."