The Nottinghamshire Outlaws suffered their first loss in this years tournament after they suffered a 33 run defeat against the Durham Dynamos at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street.
Faced with a victory target of 188, the Outlaws were restricted to a total of just 154-8 as the Dynamos completed a comprehensive victory with see’s them move up into 2nd place in the Friends Life t20 Northern group.
The Outlaws get their run chase off to a good start with Alex Hales (26), Riki Wessels (32) and Adam Voges (46) making vital contributions to help the visitors reach 105-2 before Wessels was run out by Paul Collingwood in the 12th over.
With the top order back in the dug out the Dynamos increased the pressure removing David Hussey (4), Samit Patel (5) and Chris Read (6) in quick succession as the visitors collapsed to 128-8 at the start of the 17th over.
The impressive Steven Mullaney kept the Outlaws faint hopes alive with a resistant 28 but with a mountain to climb in the final few overs the Outlaws were unable to complete a remarkable comeback.
Phil Mustard was in impressive form, smashing eleven boundaries and two sixes as he led the way with a 41 ball 75 to give the Dynamos the perfect start against the Friends Life t20 Northern group leaders.
Ian Blackwell (43) offered support during a 2nd wicket stand of 101 after Gordon Muchall (11) had been run out by Mullaney at the start of the 4th over.
The pair’s partnership was finally broken by Mullaney in the 12th over after he dismissed Mustard, who was stumped by Read behind the stumps before Collingwood (8) was bowled by Andy Carter two overs later.
Mullaney intervened again in the 15th over to run out Blackwell before the Outlaws fought their way back into the game to limit the Dynamos to a total of 187-8 after the home side’s tail collapsed in the space of three overs to leave the game well balanced.