Clarke and Botha end Outlaws unbeaten streak

James Fiztpatrick | cricket20

The Warwickshire Bears ended the Nottinghamshire Outlaws unbeaten start to this years Friends Provident t20 with 8 well deserved 5 wicket victory at Edgbaston.

Set a total of 177 for victory the Bears cruised past the Outlaws score thanks to an exploitive opening partnership from Jonathan Trott and Alistair Brown who scored 74 runs before Carter (35) was dismissed by Samit Patel. In the 6th over.

Trott (46) and Jim Troughton (3) quickly followed but Darren Maddy added a vital 28 runs to give the momentum back to the Bears.

Although Maddy fell in the 12th over Rikki Clarke (34) and Ant Botha (22) held their nerve sharing a partnership of 54 to seal the victory for the Bears.

Earlier David Hussey came to the rescue of the Outlaws scoring a vital half century to help the undefeated Outlaws reach 176-6 against the Bears.

Hussey came to the crease with the Outlaws 35-3 but when Matt Wood (7) was bowled by Imran Tahir at the end of the 6th over the home side looked in control.

But Hussey, supported by Chris Read fought back with a timely innings which saw the pair built a vital 5th wicket partnership of 79 which saw the momentum turn in favour of the Outlaws.

With the Outlaws looking to push on the Bears struck back thanks to Jonathan Trott who caught Read (26) a the start of the 15th over to give Keith Baker his second wicket of the match.

Hussey (81) continued at the crease with support from Steven Mullaney (3) and Paul Franks (23) to help the Outlaws reach a competitive total as the look to make it 5 wins out of 5.
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