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June 28, 2013
Nottinghamshire 184 for 3 (Lumb 50, Hussey 49) beat Leicestershire 183 for 8 (O'Brien 47, Al Hasan 31, Taylor 28) by seven wickets
Michael Lumb struck a composed fifty as Nottinghamshire began their Friends Life t20 campaign with a comfortable win at Trent Bridge. Chasing 178, the home team eased to victory with 14 balls to spare, aided by potent early cameos from Alex Hales and Riki Wessels.
David Hussey and James Taylor saw the home side over the line with an 84-run partnership to the delight of a healthy crowd of 7,390. Hussey played fluently throughout for an unbeaten 49 with Taylor (37 not out) content with a supporting role.
Leicestershire had started strongly with openers Niall O'Brien and visiting captain Josh Cobb sharing a 40-run partnership. Cobb struck Nottinghamshire's new New Zealander Ian Butler out of the park with a lofty off-drive but Butler made an instant reply with a length ball that evaded Cobb's swipe and removing middle stump to end the opening stand.
A delayed toss under grey skies influenced Hussey's decision to insert Leicestershire but the visitors found some favour from the damp ball early on. Hussey's wild throw at the stumps with O'Brien short of his ground evaded the back up for four overthrows as the Outlaws were briefly troubled.
Samit Patel drew Joe Burns to charge down and mistime an intended drive over extra cover to allow Chris Read a routine stumping before Leicestershire reached 82 for 2 after 10 overs.
In a frenetic 11th over, Shakib Al-Hasan hit Jake Ball for consecutive boundaries before offering a chance to Hussey which evaded his grasp after a fingertip deflection.
Al-Hasan (31) continued to attack but Patel stayed cool under the high ball to accept a return catch before Hussey bowled O'Brien (47) and had Matt Boyce stumped in consecutive balls as momentum shifted in the 14th over.
Butler had a short-pitched delivery gloved by Shiv Thakor (8) on his return and Michael Thornley (8) quickly followed. Ned Eckersley's last ball six gave Leicestershire 177 runs to defend but expensive spells from Nathan Buck, Rob Taylor and Thornley dashed their hopes.
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