Hussey and Patel power Outlaws
Nottinghamshire delivered a comprehensive thrashing to Warwickshire as they raced to a seven-wicket victory over the Clydesdale Bank 40 Group C leaders.
After restricting the Bears to 81 for six from 16 overs in a rain-affected match, 35 from Samit Patel and David Hussey’s unbeaten 34 raced the Outlaws to their target in half their overs.
England bowler Ryan Sidebottom was the star in the Warwickshire innings, conceding just 12 runs from four overs and picking up the wicket of Rikki Clarke as the Notts attack held the visitors to just six boundaries in their innings.
Hussey then blasted three sixes and three fours in a 12-ball cameo as Notts warmed up for Friends Provident t20 finals day on Saturday in perfect style.
Once heavy afternoon rain relented to allow a start at 7.40pm, tight bowling from Notts openers Sidebottom and Darren Pattinson left the Bears on the back foot straight away.
Darren Maddy was lucky to escape an lbw appeal off Sidebottom from the opening delivery, but did fall to Pattinson in similar fashion for 10 in the fourth over, before Paul Franks picked up the first of two wickets as Keith Barker sliced to extra cover.
Franks then removed Varun Chopra with a slower ball before Patel’s left-arm spin accounted for Jim Troughton, caught at long-on.
Chris Woakes gave Steven Mullaney a wicket when he skied a simple catch to Hussey at cover - his third catch of the innings - and Clarke was perfectly yorked by Sidebottom in the closing overs for 20. Captain Ian Westwood top-scored with 23 not out.
With Notts needing just over five runs an over for victory, Alex Hales signalled his intention with a first-ball boundary off Woakes but was then bowled by the England Lions seamer three balls later.
Patel was quickly into his stride, clipping Boyd Rankin off his hips for four and following up with a lovely pick-up for six.
Ali Brown drove Barker over extra cover for six but was then bowled by the returning Woakes to bring Hussey to the wicket, with the Australian smashing his third ball for four and fourth for six.
Imran Tahir had Patel stumped attempting another big shot but Hussey finished the match in style with 48 balls to spare with another maximum off the leg-spinner.
The result leaves Notts one point behind Warwickshire but with a game in hand, with the pair set to meet at Edgbaston in the final group game in a match likely to decide the group winners and qualifiers for the semi-finals.