Yorkshire tied up by Notts
Notts Outlaws reclaimed top spot in the Friends Life t20 North Group with a 25-run win over Yorkshire Vikings at Headingley.
In front of a 7,100 crowd, the visitors successfully defended a total of 155 for eight built around 46 from Samit Patel and David Hussey’s unbeaten 52.
Patel and fellow spinner Graeme White each claimed two wickets apiece for Notts, who replace Lancashire Lightning at the summit. Yorkshire, with just five points from seven games, appear to have blown their chance of reaching the quarter-finals.
The Vikings were going well when Joe Sayers and Dan Hodgson shared 67 in 10 overs for the second wicket, but Patel and White soon broke through to knock the stuffing out of the home side.
Patel finished with 2-19 from four overs and White 2-18 as Yorkshire limped from 75 for one to 130 for six.
The recalled Adam Lyth was an early victim for Harry Gurney prior to Sayers and Hodgson’s handy partnership.
Notts’ bowlers struggled to keep things in check for a while, but the momentum swung their way when Sayers drove Patel straight to long-on and departed with 38 to his name.
The score read 90 for three after Hodgson, who made 32, was lured from his crease by White and stumped.
Yorkshire became increasingly desperate and Andrew Hodd fell lbw to White before dangerman Gary Ballance was brilliantly caught by White on the midwicket boundary off Patel to make a Notts triumph inevitable.
Put into bat on a cloudy afternoon, the Outlaws lost Michael Lumb in Ryan Sidebottom's first over, while Alex Hales saw his off-stump sent spinning by Liam Plunkett with the score on 33 in the fifth.
Yorkshire perked up even further when James Taylor hit Plunkett straight to Adil Rashid at midwicket, but Patel batted fluently in a 37-ball innings containing four fours and two sixes.
Hussey then took Notts to a respectable score, aided by a nine-ball 18 from Ian Butler featuring sixes off Sidebottom and Azeem Rafiq.