Patel leads Outlaws to victory over Lightning
Samit Patel picked up three wickets in the space of five balls to de-rail the Lancashire Lightnings run chase to help set up a 26 run victory for the Nottinghamshire Outlaws at Trent Bridge.
Set a total of 157 for victory the Lightning got off to a good start thanks to Paul Horton and Tom Smith who shared an opening partnership of 42 before Horton (23) was bowled by Darren Patterson at the start of the 6th over.
With the breakthrough made Outlaws skipper David Hussey turned to Patel and the slow right arm spinner made an immediate breakthrough taking 3 wickets in the space of two overs to leave the Lightning 57-4.
Simon Katich (1), Stephen Moore (0) and Stephen Croft (2) all failed with the bat as Patel tore through the visitors middle order much to the delight of another disappointing crowd at Trent Bridge.
With the Lightning on the back foot Smith and Nathan McCullum offered the visitors some hope with a 5th wicket partnership of 46 but when Smith (43) was brilliantly run out by Hussey in the 13th over the advantage had swung back to the home team.
McCullum (26) followed in the next over when he was dismissed by Twenty20 World Cup winner Stuart Broad as the Lightnings run chase petered out to hand the Outlaws their fourth straight victory.
Having been put into bat by the Lightning the Outlaws got off to an impressive start thanks to Alex Hales and Alistair Brown who enjoyed an opening partnership of 63 which came from just 43 delivers as the pair punished some pretty ordinary bowling from the visitors during the power play overs.
Hales looked in impressive form and after being been dropped on 10 by Stephen Parry in the 3rd over he added another 25 runs before he was unluckily run out by Simon Katich at the start of the 7th over.
Although he was given out by the TV umpire Steve Garratt further replays showed Lightning wicket keeper Garteh Cross knock one of the bails off the with is pad before the ball which was thrown in by Katich hit the stumps.
With the breakthrough made Parry made up for his earlier error by taking the wickets of Brown (29) and Samit Patel (5) in consecutive overs to leave the home side 86-3 at the start of the 11th over.
With two new batsman at the crease the Lightning looked to increase the pressure but Matthew Wood and David Hussey (44) fought back with a 4th wicket partnership of 57 runs before Hussey was caught by Jimmy Anderson out on the boundary to give Sajid Mahmood his first wicket.
With Hussey back in the dugout the runs started to dry up in the final two overs with Mahmood picking up three more wickets in his final over to help the Lightning restrict the Outlaws to a total of 157-7.