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Swann leads from the front in win

A fine all-round effort from Graeme Swann gave the Nottinghamshire Outlaws their third victory in the Twenty20 Cup over Derbyshire and ensured the 2006 finalists remain top of the North Division.

Swann's aggressive knock of 61 from 43 balls set the platform for the hosts to reach 203 for eight at Trent Bridge, their third-highest total in the competition, with David Hussey smashing 36 from 15 balls in a nine-minute cameo.

Only Derbyshire's left-arm spinner Ant Botha was able to stem the flow of runs with four for 29, but Swann did damage with the ball as he picked up three for 16 as the Phantoms crumbled to a 53-run defeat.

Travis Birt briefly threatened with 40 off 27 balls but was undone by a Swann off-break, with the only downside for Notts being a nasty-looking injury to Charlie Shreck.

Outlaws skipper Stephen Fleming chose to bat after winning the toss and he and opening partner Swann were quickly into their stride, with the New Zealander sending Tom Lungley for two sixes over mid-wicket in the third over before being caught at mid-off.

Mark Wagh picked up the pace with two fours and a six before he was bowled by Botha for 24, while Hussey crunched three sixes and three fours, including 22 off one over from Kevin Dean, who conceded 47 in three overs.

Hussey was bowled by Michael Dighton, and Swann then fell two balls later to Botha after top-edging a sweep to Chris Taylor at backward square leg, with three more wickets falling in the last three overs as Notts pursued more quick runs.

Facing a mammoth target, Dighton opted to attack from ball one, coming down the wicket to Shreck and smashing a drive straight on to the seamer's knee.

Shreck was helped off the pitch with Gareth Clough finishing the over without conceding a run, and from the moment Ealham opened up in the second over with two wickets, the chase looked impossible.

Birt and Simon Katich put on 61 for the third wicket but were always behind the rate, with Katich swiping to long-off and Swann picking up Graham Wagg and Birt off consecutive balls.

Ealham returned to clean up Ian Hunter and Dean edged behind off the penultimate ball of the match.

source - sportinglife.com
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