Alex Hales 96* sets up Nottinghamshire for narrow win over Durham
Durham's chase runs out of steam despite David Bedingham half-century
Nottinghamshire 195 for 5 (Hales 96*, Duckett 52) beat Durham 182 for 8 (Bedingham 65, Carter 3-43) by 13 runs
An unbeaten knock of 96 from Alex Hales guided Notts Outlaws to their second win of their Vitality Blast campaign, defeating Durham by 13 runs at Emirates Riverside.
The former England opener notched 10 fours and four sixes in his 54-ball innings, falling just short of a century in the final over. Ben Duckett supported Hales, scoring 52 as the Outlaws posted a huge total of 195 for 5 from their 20 overs.
Durham made a rapid start in their reply, but once the opening stand between David Bedingham and Graham Clark was broken their chase unravelled. Although Bedingham made 65, the home side fell short and slumped to their first defeat of the season.
Notts opener Joe Clarke appeared in great touch once again at the crease, striking Matty Potts for three straight boundaries. However, Potts responded by finding his outside edge and Ned Eckersley took the catch at the second attempt.
Hales and Ben Duckett upped the ante in response, with the visitors reaching 62 for 2 at the end of the Powerplay. The two players guided the Outlaws beyond the 100-run mark inside the 11th over before putting on the century stand for the third wicket. Hales was the first to fifty from 32 deliveries before Duckett followed one ball later, notching his second half-century in a row in the competition.
Hales then accelerated his innings, clearing the rope twice from one Liam Trevaskis over. Ben Raine broke the 126-run stand for the third wicket, trapping Duckett in front in the 15th over. Potts produced a piece of brilliance on the rope to dismiss Steven Mullaney, pushing the ball from past the boundary back into the hands of Scott Borthwick.
Late striking from Hales almost guided him to a deserved hundred, but tight bowling from Raine denied the opener and prevented Notts from breaking past the 200-run mark.
Bedingham and Clark began the Durham innings at a rapid rate, smashing the Outlaws opening bowlers around the ground. They reached their fifty partnership inside four overs, handing the hosts a great platform in the Powerplay. Clark dispatched Jake Ball over the fence to move to 39, but the bowler made the breakthrough to end the opening stand.
Matthew Carter turned the game on its head by removing Raine and Cameron Bancroft in the space of three deliveries as the home side fell from 73 for 0 to 77 for 3. There would be no repeat of Ned Eckersley's Leicestershire heroics for Durham as he fell to Samit Patel, allowing the visitors to take complete control.
Bedingham offered hope by reaching his first T20 fifty of the term, but once he was bowled by Patel the game was up for the hosts, despite a decent late effort from Brydon Carse and Trevaskis.