Outlaws get away with 4 wicket victory
Yorkshire Carnegie were unable to withstand a tremendous second wicket onslaught from Will Jefferson and Samit Patel as Nottinghamshire Outlaws opened their Twenty20 Cup campaign with a four-wicket victory at Headingley.
With Nottinghamshire chasing a stiff 142 target in a match reduced to 15-overs-a-side by afternoon rain, they lost Andre Adams with only two scored after he hit Tim Bresnan to Adil Rashid at mid-on.
But Jefferson and Patel pillaged 60 runs together off four overs to put the visitors in front of the required rate.
It was Jefferson who did the most damage and he began by slamming three consecutive boundaries off Matthew Hoggard before adding another two fours off the next two deliveries from Bresnan.
Jefferson failed to score off the next ball but then hit a soaring six to maintain the momentum in murky light and when England captain Michael Vaughan was introduced with his off-spin he clattered his first ball over mid-wicket for six.
In going for a similar hit off the next, however, he was caught on the boundary edge by Anthony McGrath after making 40 off 19 balls with six fours and two sixes.
Patel departed in the following over from Darren Gough, caught on the long on boundary by Richard Pyrah for 21 with three fours and a six. Yorkshire were back in with a shout when the newly registered Chris Cairns was bowled by Pyrah to make it 97 for four.
Adam Voges and Chris Read put the Outlaws back in control until Pyrah struck twice in the penultimate over by bowling Read for 25 and holding a return catch from Mark Ealham off consecutive deliveries.
McGrath was called up to bowl the final over with five wanted and his second ball was sent sailing over mid-wicket for six by Voges who finished unbeaten on 40 from 22 balls, including four fours and two sixes to leave Yorkshire pointless after two
After a quiet opening to their innings, Yorkshire batted with great purpose and Vaughan set the tone with a cameo knock of 17 off only eight balls.
Coming in at the fall of opener Andrew Gale's wicket, Vaughan began with two through mid-wicket off Pattinson before gently lifting the next ball high over the covers for six. He survived a low chance to Adams on the cover boundary before swinging round to lash a legside six off a Charlie Shreck no-ball but the end came when the same bowler had him caught by Patel off a sliced drive.
The experienced Craig White kept the score moving with 26 from 24 balls and for the second day running McGrath was Yorkshire's top-scorer, his 32 off 19 deliveries containing three fours and a six.
Yorkshire had reason to feel happy with their total but they were unable to defend it against some savage hitting from man-of-the-match Jefferson.