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June 16, 2010
Warwickshire 178 for 5 beat Nottinghamshire 176 for 6 by five wickets
Jonathan Trott reminded the England selectors that he can play Twenty20 cricket as well as the longer form of the game as Warwickshire claimed a five-wicket Friends Provident t20 win over Nottinghamshire at Edgbaston.
David Hussey top-scored with 81 not out in Nottinghamshire's 176 for 6. But Trott hit an aggressive 46 at the top of the order as the hosts inflict a first defeat on Notts in this season's competition.
Trott made a double century in the first Test against Bangladesh last month but missed out on a place in the World Twenty20 squad and has also been omitted from England's squad for the forthcoming one-day internationals against Scotland and Australia.
He faced 30 balls for his highest Twenty20 score of the season and his opening stand of 74 in 40 balls with Neil Carter set Warwickshire on course for their third win in the competition - a result which moved them into second place in the North group, a point adrift of Nottinghamshire.
The pitch, which was used for the third time in six days, was still full of runs but Nottinghamshire were plunged into early trouble before Hussey came to the rescue. The visitors were 35 for 3, which quickly became 40 for 4, when Hussey came to the crease.
But the Australian steered them to a strong total with an innings of superb placement. There were two sixes - both straight driven off Imran Tahir and Rikki Clarke - and eight fours in Hussey's 42-ball innings but he also expertly found the gaps on the long Rea Bank boundary to scamper twos and singles. His 81 was his highest Twenty20 score in England.
Chris Read, who has handed over the captaincy to Hussey for this competition, gave excellent support in a fifth wicket stand of 78 in nine overs and Paul Franks sustained the assault with 23 from 12 balls after Read drove to Trott at deep backward point.
In reply, Warwickshire stuttered after Trott was caught behind carving at slow left-armer Graeme White and they lost three wickets for eight runs in three overs. However, Clarke and Ant Botha saw them home with seven balls to spare with a unbroken sixth wicket stand of 54 from 29 balls.
Clarke atoned for bowling four overs for 48 by rattling to 34 from 22 balls which included three sixes, the most decisive a leg-side flick off Dirk Nannes in what proved to be the final over.
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