Hussey stars as Notts continue push
Nottinghamshire Outlaws continued their march towards the Friends Provident t20 quarter-finals with a confident 32-run victory over Warwickshire Bears.
In-form skipper David Hussey, the leading run-scorer in the competition, hit three sixes and two fours en route to 56 from 38 balls in 68-run partnership with Samit Patel, who made 38, as the hosts totalled 149 for six with Warwickshire seamer Neil Carter picking up 3-28.
Hussey then delivered a wicket maiden in his only over as the visitors made a mess of the run-chase with only five batsmen reaching double figures as they collapsed to 117 all out.
Left-arm spinner Graeme White claimed 3-23 and medium-pacer Steven Mullaney 2-19 from his four overs, as the hosts picked up their eighth win in the competition.
Nottinghamshire batted first on a used track offering some bite and turn for the spinners but it was the Warwickshire seamers who struck first, with Alex Hales, Ali Brown and Matt Wood all dismissed in the powerplay overs.
Two sixes and a four from Patel off Imran Tahir’s second over increased the tempo before the leg-spinner had his revenge to remove the former England international leg before.
Hussey joined in with three driven sixes of his own before drilling Darren Maddy to deep midwicket, while Carter bowled Mullaney in the final over.
The Warwickshire innings failed to catch fire as Carter fell in the first over to Darren Pattinson, who also had Darren Maddy caught in the third over, while Hussey bowled England hopeful Jonathan Trott for a scratchy 15 off 22 balls.
Having only reached 44 at the halfway stage, boundaries were desperately needed but a succession of Warwickshire batsmen perished attempting to clear the ropes.
The last six wickets tumbled in the final seven overs, with the highlights being wicketkeeper Chris Read’s sharp stumping of Troughton off Mullaney and Patel’s direct hit to run out Botha off his own bowling.
White cleaned up the tail with three catches in the deep as Nottinghamshire went six points clear at the top of the North Group, having played two more games than Lancashire, who are in second place.