Nottinghamshire maintain momentum
Nottinghamshire Outlaws ensured they will go into the quarter-finals of the Friends Provident t20 full of confidence after thrashing Yorkshire Carnegie by seven wickets with 26 balls to spare at Trent Bridge.
Batting first on a slow pitch being used for the third time in 10 days, Yorkshire struggled to post a meaningful total after collapsing to 34 for four in the ninth over.
They needed a battling 39 not out from Lee Hodgson on his Twenty20 debut and 25 from Jonathan Bairstow to reach 112 for seven, as Ryan Sidebottom took 2-19 from four overs.
And although the hosts lost two early wickets, Samit Patel’s 40 off 27 balls and an unbroken partnership of 52 from David Hussey and Alex Hales, who finished on 37 and 27 respectively, gave the Outlaws the momentum required to coast to victory.
Notts, assured of a home quarter-final before the match, opted to replace Australia fast bowler Dirk Nannes with young seamer Luke Fletcher who played his part in throttling Yorkshire in the powerplay overs.
First Sidebottom had Adam Lyth caught at gully before Fletcher’s slower ball fooled Andrew Gale into slicing to point.
It took until the start of the fifth over for Yorkshire to hit their first boundary - Herschelle Gibbs pulling Sidebottom for four - but only four more fours and two sixes followed in the innings.
Yorkshire were already out of the running for a quarter-final spot and opted to pick three youngsters, who had previously played one Twenty20 match between them, in Hodgson, Gary Ballance and Ben Sanderson.
Hodgson’s partnership of 39 for the fifth wicket with Bairstow ensured Yorkshire avoided their lowest total in the competition, but 112 never looked like being enough once Patel hit Hodgson for three consecutive fours in the sixth over.
Leg-spinner Adil Rashid conceded 16 runs from his first over and, although Patel holed out to long-on off David Wainwright, Hussey joined Hales to finish off the chase.
Hussey greeted Rashid’s return with a withering pull over long-on for six. He then hit Hodgson for three fours and slammed Sanderson for a straight six to end proceedings.