Alex Hales’ record-shattering 187 not out led Notts Outlaws to a comfortable four-wicket victory over Surrey in the Royal London One-Day Cup final at Lord’s.
Hales’ 187 off 167 balls, which is the highest individual one-day score at Lord’s and Hales' List A best, helped Notts reach their 298-run target with 13 balls to spare.
Earlier in the day Surrey had scored 297/9 off their 50 overs, the majority of their runs coming from Mark Stoneman who hit an unbeaten 144 off 149 balls. It is a third straight final defeat for Surrey, as Notts claim their first one-day domestic trophy since 2013.
Undoubtedly Hales was the star of the show, his 187 included 20 fours and four sixes. The England opener was supported by Notts skipper Chris Read in what could well be his final appearance at Lord’s, who scored a crucial 58 off 57 balls.
Man-of-the-match Hales said: "It’s incredible, a special feeling. The way we fought and to go out and do that - it’s special. It’s right up there for me personally, it’s such a big game for the club. It’s a huge knock from Ready and this trophy is for him."
The story could have been so different when Hales, who got off to a lethal start, was dropped on nine by 19-year-old Ollie Pope. Once given a life, the 28-year-old never looked back, reaching his hundred in record quick time.
While Hales was flying, the rest of Notts’ top order faltered. Only one other from the top five made it into double figures - Brendan Taylor scored 11 from ten balls. Steven Mullaney was next in but he departed for five, which left Hales and Read to save the day. The experienced duo all-but saw Notts home, with 11 left to get when Read departed for 58.
Australia international James Pattinson was the next man in. He duly hit the winning runs and Lord's erupted as Notts sealed victory in Chris Read’s final one-day match.
In the first innings Surrey had set the Outlaws a respectable 298 target, mainly thanks to Stoneman's impressive 144*. The first record of the day was broken by the left-hander, as he hit Surrey's maiden ton in a final at Lord’s, reaching it off 108 balls.
Notts' first dismissal of the day came when Samit Patel was handed the white ball, dismissing Jason Roy for 23 after Surrey had raced along to 83. Roy walked and Kumar Sangakkara entered - in the form of his life. That didn’t frighten the Outlaws, with Read showing fantastic reflexes to catch Sri Lankan great standing up behind the stumps, just as he was getting comfortable.
As their opponents started to settle, Surrey started to wobble - and wickets started tumbling. Steven Mullaney was in the thick of it, taking three catches, all from the bowling of Samit Patel, and a couple of scalps himself. The Curran brothers racked up a combined total of 40, but both will feel as though they could have contributed more to Surrey’s final score.
Surrey skipper Gareth Batty was disappointed, but full of praise for his opponents: "It's a pretty bitter pill to swallow, but Nottinghamshire were magnificent today.
"I'm really chuffed for Chris Read, 20 years in the game and to finish like that is magnificent for him. Alex Hales was the man who took it away from us - no complaints."