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David Hussey

David Hussey races towards 54 not out from 24 balls as Nottinghamshire piled up 213 for four in a 54-run triumph against Durham at Trent Bridge

Nottinghamshire extended their lead at the top of the Friends Life t20 North Group to four points as they thrashed Durham by 54 runs at Trent Bridge.

Alex Hales and skipper David Hussey, who made 67 and 54 not out respectively, were the star performers with the bat as the Outlaws racked up 213 for four after winning the toss - the highest total Durham have conceded in the competition.

Steven Mullaney then took 3-26, including Durham captain Phil Mustard for 29, as the visitors lost five wickets inside the opening nine overs and were bowled out for 159 with three balls unused, Gareth Breese their top-scorer with 34.

In front of England selector James Whitaker, Hales was once again hugely impressive, striking eight crisp fours as he got Notts’ innings off to a flying start in partnership with Riki Wessels.

Wessels made 31 before he was lbw to Chris Rushworth, and Adam Voges kept up the momentum while making sure Hales was given as much of the strike as possible.

The pair put on 72 in just over seven overs before Voges was adjudged to have feathered an attempted pull off Liam Plunkett to wicketkeeper Mustard for 39 off 24 balls.

Hussey was soon in the action, hitting his fourth ball for a straight six, and, although Hales and Samit Patel were both bowled by Mitchell Claydon, Australia international Hussey continued to smash the Durham attack to all parts.

He brought up his half-century - from just 24 balls - with his fourth six off the final ball of the innings from Plunkett.

Needing more than 10 runs an over, Durham had no option but to swing hard from the start and did not enjoy the luck they needed to pull off an unlikely chase.

Gordon Muchall drove Darren Pattinson to cover in the second over and, with four further top-order wickets falling in five overs, Durham’s hopes were all but extinguished.

Luke Fletcher bowled Ian Blackwell before Mustard departed. Paul Collingwood fell to Patel and David Miller was caught and bowled by Mullaney, who also accounted for Dale Benkenstein.

Breese's swift cameo ended when was caught at short third man off Andy Carter and Pattinson finished off the tail as he claimed 3-33.