Mighty Notts rise to the summit
Rapid half-centuries by Riki Wessels and David Hussey helped Nottinghamshire maintain their 100% start to the Friends Life t20 campaign with a 28-run victory over Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
The Outlaws piled up 193 for seven and made it three wins in three outings as Warwickshire sank to their second home defeat in four days.
With Darren Pattinson and Luke Fletcher sharing nine wickets for Notts, Warwickshire could only muster 165 despite a valiant 61 from 36 balls by Darren Maddy.
Wessels set the tone for the match by pulling two sixes in Neil Carter’s first over and Hussey also cleared the ropes twice as the left-arm seamer finished with 2-61, the most expensive return by a Warwickshire bowler in the competition.
In his attempts to find a yorker length, the 36-year-old bowled a number of full tosses which were dispatched over the shorter boundary. His main consolation was the wicket of Hussey, who provided Maddy with a comfortable catch at deep point.
The Australian made 56 from 31 balls and will go into the next match against Leicestershire at Grace Road on Friday needing seven runs to beat Brad Hodge’s world record total of 3,690 in Twenty20 cricket.
Yet if anything Hussey was outshone by Wessels’ performance at the top of the order. Taking his cue from the early bombardment of Carter, he also hit two sixes in an over from Steffan Piolet and faced only 43 balls before he was run out for 70 by Maddy’s return from extra-cover.
Warwickshire stumbled at the start of their reply, crumbling to 36 for three, but they found some momentum when Jim Troughton put on 54 in six overs with Maddy before Pattinson bowled the captain for 30.
Samit Patel became a target for Maddy as the all-rounder smashed three of his five sixes off the left-arm spinner. The other two came off Andy Carter - but the return of Pattinson killed off Warwickshire.
Maddy and Keith Barker offered straightforward catches from successive balls and Pattinson accounted for Piolet and Tim Ambrose in his last over to finish with 5-25, the best figures in the competition for Nottinghamshire.
Fletcher also picked up two more wickets for a career-best Twenty20 return of 4-30.