Hales and Patel sink Warwickshire
Nottinghamshire 173 for 6 (Hales 67) beat Warwickshire 163 for 7 (Woakes 44*, Patel 1-18) by 10 runs
Alex Hales and Samit Patel staked their claim for England one-day selection as Nottinghamshire extended their unbeaten start to the Friends Life t20 with a ten-run victory over Warwickshire at Trent Bridge. Opener Hales struck 11 fours in an innings of 67 from 40 balls, while Patel hit a quick-fire 37 not out before excelling with the ball, conceding just 18 runs from his four overs and claiming one wicket.
Nottinghamshire totalled 173 for 6 after batting first, with Adam Voges contributing 39, and the their disciplined bowling held back the visitors as three wickets fell inside the first four overs. Powerful blows from England seamer Chris Woakes gave Warwickshire a degree of hope but needing 21 off the final over bowled by Darren Pattinson, they could only manage 10, Woakes finishing on 44 not out.
After Riki Wessels was caught at mid-off in the second over, Hales and Voges put on 83 for the second wicket in nine overs, capitalising on loose bowling to push the hosts to 96 at halfway. Voges was outfoxed by a slower ball from Steffan Piolet, who accounted for Nottinghamshire captain David Hussey in his next over to finish with excellent figures of 2 for 28.
Piolet's medium-pace combined with the offspin of New Zealander Jeetan Patel to slow Nottinghamshire's run-rate, with Darren Maddy removing Hales and Chris Read in consecutive overs. But having played himself in and being dropped on 19 by Woakes off Maddy in the 19th over, Patel then hit three fours and two sixes off the final nine balls to push to 173.
Pattinson then gave the hosts the perfect start having Varun Chopra caught behind first ball, before Luke Fletcher yorked William Porterfield and trapped Neil Carter lbw.
Patel and Steven Mullaney strangled the Warwickshire batsmen after the Powerplay overs, with Maddy (28) driving a return catch to Mullaney and Patel having Jim Troughton caught on the boundary. Mullaney dismissed the dangerous Rikki Clarke before Woakes smashed 20 off Andy Carter's third over to restore Warwickshire hopes. Hussey had Tim Ambrose caught at short third man and despite another six from Woakes, the 22-year-old could not force a remarkable Warwickshire victory.