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Bears snared by impressive Outlaws

The Nottinghamshire Outlaws strengthened their place at the top of the Friends Life t20 Northern group thanks to a 10 run victory over the Warwickshire Bears at Trent Bridge.

The victory moves the Outlaws four points clear of the second place Lancashire Lightning thanks to an impressive innings from Alex Hales (67) who smashed eleven boundaries to help the home side record a total of 173-7.

Having missed the early part of the season after suffering a broken jaw in a County Championship match against Yorkshire, Hales broke the shackles which had seen him score only 31 runs in his previous three Friends Life t20 matches.

The 22 year old led the way with a 28 ball half century to get the Outlaws innings off to a good start despite the loss of Riki Wessels (7) at the end of the 2nd over after he had been dismissed by Chris Woakes.

Hales and Adam Voges (39) shared a 2nd wicket stand of 83 and although the pair were dismissed in quick succession Samit Patel added a valuable 37 from just 26 balls to leave the Bears facing a run chase of 174.

Faced with a tricky run chase the visitorís chances of victory were dealt a blow from the first delivery of their innings after Varun Chopra was caught by Chris Read after he edged a delivery from Darren Pattinson.

William Porterfield (8) quickly followed before Maddy (28) and Bears skipper Jim Troughton (24) enjoyed a 4th wicket stand of 47 which was ended by Steven Mullaney in the 10th over when he dismissed Maddy.

With the game drifting away from the visitors, Woakes enjoyed a cameo innings which saw him smash 44 runs from just 19 deliveries in the final few overs but the damaged had already been done as the Bears reached a total of 163-7.

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