Leicestershire captain Coleen Ackerman made history against the Birmingham Bears in the Vitality T20 Blast Tournament on Wednesday. Off-spinner Ackerman holds the world record for best bowling in T20 cricket. He took 7 wickets for 18 runs.
With the help of Ackerman’s world record, Leicestershire won the match by 55 runs. Chasing a target of 190 runs, Birmingham’s innings was reduced to 134 runs. His last eight wickets fell within 20 runs. There was a time when Birmingham needed 72 runs to win from 36 balls with 7 wickets left. Ackerman’s two overs overturned the match.
Prior to Ackerman, no bowler in T20 cricket was able to take 7 wickets in a match, although many bowlers took 6 wickets. Ackerman broke the world record of Somerset’s Arul Supaiah, who took 6 wickets for 5 runs against Glamorgan in 2011. This is Ackerman’s best performance of his career before his best performance was 3 wickets for 21 runs. He has taken 31 wickets in 90 T20 matches so far.
Five best bowling performances in T20 cricket
7 wickets for 18 runs by Colin Ackerman (Leicestershire v. Birmingham Bears – 7 August 2019)
6 wickets for 5 runs Arul Supaiah (Somerset v. Glamorgan – 5 July 2011)
6 wickets for 6 runs Shakib Al Hasan (Tridents v. Red Steel – 3 August 2013)
6 wickets for 7 runs Lasith Malinga (Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers – 12 December 2012)
6 wickets for 7 runs. Jamison (Canterbury v. Auckland – 1 January 2019)