Hales and Patel shine in Notts win
Alex Hales and Samit Patel staked their claim for England one-day selection as Nottinghamshire extended their unbeaten start to the Friends Life t20 with a 10-run victory over Warwickshire at Trent Bridge.
Opener Hales struck 11 elegant fours in an innings of 67 from 40 balls, while Patel hit a rapid 37 not out before excelling with the ball, conceding just 18 runs from four overs and claiming one wicket.
Notts totalled 173 for six after batting first, with Adam Voges contributing 39, and Notts’ disciplined bowling held back the visitors as three wickets fell inside the first four overs.
Powerful blows from England seamer Chris Woakes gave Warwickshire a degree of hope but, needing 21 off the final over, bowled by Darren Pattinson, the Bears could manage only 10 as Woakes finished 44 not out.
After Notts opener Riki Wessels was caught at mid-off in the second over, Hales and Voges put on 83 for the second wicket in nine overs, capitalising on loose bowling to push the hosts to 96 at halfway.
Voges was outfoxed by a slower ball from Steffan Piolet, who accounted for Outlaws skipper David Hussey in his next over to finish with excellent figures of 2-28.
Piolet’s medium-pace combined with the off-spin of New Zealander Jeetan Patel to slow the Notts run-rate, with Darren Maddy removing Hales and Chris Read in consecutive overs.
But having played himself in and being dropped on 19 by Woakes off Maddy in the 19th over, Patel then hit three fours and two sixes off the final nine balls to push the hosts to 173.
Pattinson then gave Notts the perfect start when Varun Chopra was caught behind first ball, before Luke Fletcher yorked Will Porterfield and trapped Neil Carter lbw.
Patel and Steven Mullaney strangled the Warwickshire batsmen after the powerplay overs, with Maddy driving a return catch to Mullaney for 28 and Patel having Jim Troughton caught on the boundary after he had made 24.
Mullaney dismissed the dangerous Rikki Clarke before Woakes smashed 20 off Andy Carter’s third over to restore Warwickshire hopes.
Hussey had Tim Ambrose caught at short third man and, despite another six from Woakes, the 22-year-old could not force a remarkable Warwickshire victory.