Brooks earns Northants dramatic tie
Jack Brooks took two runs off the final ball as Northamptonshire Steelbacks incredibly sealed their third tie in this season’s Friends Provident t20, against Nottinghamshire Outlaws at Wantage Road.
Australia international David Hussey smashed 41 off 32 balls as the Outlaws recovered from 13 for three to post 144 for seven off their 20 overs, with David Willey taking 3-33 for the hosts.
Chaminda Vaas hammered 47 off 30 balls including six fours and a six before Brooks made two runs off the one ball he faced as the result in the reverse fixture at Trent Bridge last month was repeated.
Nottinghamshire won the toss and chose to bat, but they got off to an awful start when they lost their two openers in the fourth over.
Alex Hales launched Brooks high into the air and was caught at backward point by Willey before veteran Ali Brown edged him to wicketkeeper Niall O’Brien two balls later.
Matt Wood faced two balls without scoring before being caught behind by O’Brien off Chaminda Vaas, leaving the visitors on 13 for three.
Samit Patel and Hussey then led the recovery, adding 76 runs for the fourth wicket.
Patel blasted 40 off 32 balls before he got underneath Willey’s delivery and was comfortably taken at extra cover by David Sales.
Hussey then followed when he smashed Willey straight to Alex Wakely at long-off before the same bowler forced Steven Mullaney to edge to O’Brien.
Graeme White’s attempted reverse sweep off Northants captain Andrew Hall in the final over went to Brooks at short third man, leaving Nottinghamshire skipper and wicketkeeper Chris Read unbeaten on 28.
The Steelbacks chase got off to a solid start with Sales and Vaas making 40 together before Sales edged a Darren Pattinson delivery on to his middle stump for 9.
Halfway into the hosts innings, O’Brien, who made 17, clouted Mullaney to Hussey at extra cover.
Vaas was three short of his half-century when he top-edged Patel straight to Dirk Nannes at square leg.
Nannes then trapped Wakely lbw for 19 as the game moved towards a thrilling climax with Northants needing 38 from the last five overs.
Chigumbura made 18 before his leg stump was taken out by White when his attempted reverse sweep went awry.
The Steelbacks required 10 as they moved into the final over, but they lost Hall, James Middlebrook and Ben Howgego, all run out, before Brooks’ heroics.