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Record-breaking Notts book place at Vitality Blast Finals Day

Chris Nash and Alex Hales blasted Notts Outlaws to Vitality Blast Finals Day

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Record-breaking Notts book place at Vitality Blast Finals Day

Alex Hales and Chris Nash salute the crowd after a record-breaking Notts Vitality Blast win

Notts Outlaws 165/0 beat Middlesex 160/8 by 10 wickets

It was the show of strength that will send shockwaves around the rest of the counties. Up against a side containing Eoin Morgan, AB de Villiers and Dawid Malan in their top order, Notts cruised to victory, restricting Middlesex to 160 with pinpoint bowling, only to then chase their target with all 10 wickets intact. With their history in the competition, they surely head to Finals ay as favourites.

It was destructive batting at its entertaining best. Chris Nash (74*) and Alex Hales (83*) took the Middlesex bowling apart, along with a large slice of luck with dropped catches, as they became only the seventh side in the history of the game to complete a T20 chase by 10 wickets, as well as setting a new T20 Blast record for the highest chase without losing a wicket.

None of the old masters of art would be able to do this shot justice. It is sheer perfection. Even Hales' holding of the pose at the end isn't left for too long. It's a shot we all wish we could play.

The match could've been over a lot earlier if not for the fantastic innings of Eoin Morgan. With team-mates falling around him, the England white-ball skipper struck a magnificent half-century to give Middlesex a chance of making it to Finals Day.

Nothing will boost your confidence like dismissing AB de Villiers in a knockout match. And so buoyed was Imad Wasim that he then took another wicket the very next ball. It was the moment Notts took charge of proceedings and never let Middlesex truly back into proceedings.

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