Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Hales, England's forgotten Test opener, blazes to victory

Nottinghamshire 225 for 5 ( Hales 101, Taylor 41, Wessels 34) beat Yorkshire 223 for 5 (Lyth 59, Marsh 47, Patel 3-29) by five wickets

An explosive century from Alex Hales led Notts Outlaws to a thrilling victory over Yorkshire Vikings in their NatWest T20 Blast meeting at Trent Bridge.

Hales scored 101, his first hundred for the county, as Notts completed a record run chase to defeat the Vikings by five wickets with five balls remaining.

Yorkshire had posted 223 for 5, with Adam Lyth scoring 59, one of five top order batsmen to register 28 or more, after the visitors had been invited to bat first.

Amidst the carnage Samit Patel maintained creditable figures of three for 29 but there was little joy for any of the other bowlers to celebrate as Yorkshire plundered 10 sixes in their 20 overs.

Requiring more than 11 runs an over Notts got off to a flying start with Hales and Riki Wessels putting on 87 in the first 5.4 overs before Wessels fell to Azeem Rafiq for 34.

Tom Moores, promoted to No 3 in the order, was unluckily run out by a direct hit from David Willey, who threw down the stumps from 60 yards.

Hales reached his hundred from 45 balls, heaving four huge sixes and 14 fours, before falling shortly afterwards, lofting Willey to deep midwicket, to leave the score on 177 for 3 in the 15th over.

Brendan Taylor made 41, having put on 83 with Hales, before being trapped lbw by Rashid. Outlaws' captain Dan Christian hit a quickfire 24 but when he fell 17 were still needed from the final two overs.

Steven Mullaney immediately calmed any nerves amongst the home supporters by twice lifting the ball over the ropes, including the winning blow from the bowling of Tim Bresnan.

Earlier, Tom Kohler-Cadmore made 37 in an opening partnership of 83 with Lyth, a stand that was broken by Mullaney, with the first ball of the seventh over.

Australian internationals Shaun Marsh, who made 47, and Peter Handscomb, 31, added 68 from 35 balls and the final lustre to the Vikings' innings was supplied by Jack Leaning's 16-ball unbeaten 28.

Notts had never successfully chased anything higher than 207 before but thanks to Hales' magnificent effort they accomplished the feat with time to spare.

Despite the loss Yorkshire remain top of the North Group but the table is so tight that sixth -placed Notts are only two points behind them, with a game in hand.

Notts 2nd innings Partnerships

1st87MH WesselsAD Hales
2nd7AD HalesTJ Moores
3rd83BRM TaylorAD Hales
4th7DT ChristianBRM Taylor
5th23SR PatelDT Christian
6th18SR PatelSJ Mullaney