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Patel keeps Dynamos at bay

Nottinghamshire avenged their defeat in the Friends Provident Trophy quarter-final with a 23-run Twenty20 Cup victory over Durham.

Samit Patel followed up his 114 in that match with an accomplished 56 from 45 balls, including five fours and a six, to top score in the Outlaws' total of 166 for six.

Left-arm spinner Rob Ferley then took three for 17 as the Dynamos finished well short of their target, former Notts batsman Will Smith making 41 in a total of 143 for eight.

The loss was Durham's first in the competition this year while Notts maintained their 100% record following their win over Yorkshire at Headingley.

Notts made a brisk start after winning the toss, adding 35 before pinch-hitter Andre Adams was dismissed to bring Patel to the wicket.

The 23-year-old immediately got into his stride with a wristy flick over square leg for six.

He survived a strong lbw appeal off Albie Morkel when he was on 14 and produced plenty of classy shots in front of England selector James Whitaker on his way to the fifth Twenty20 half-century of his career.

Patel was forced to bide his time in the middle overs as former South African skipper Shaun Pollock picked up two quick wickets, yorking Will Jefferson and then having Adam Voges caught in the deep.

New Zealand veteran Chris Cairns stuck around in a 55-run partnership for the fourth wicket before Patel was bowled making room to Morkel.

Cairns, who signed for Notts a day before the start of the competition as a Kolpak player through his Dutch wife, thumped three sixes before holing out to long-on, with Mark Ealham also perishing in the final over.

Durham got their innings off to the worst possible start with Michael Di Venuto caught behind off Adams' opening delivery.

Fellow opener Phil Mustard survived two dropped catches before he was bowled by Darren Pattinson's slower ball, while Gordon Muchall was caught behind by wicketkeeper Chris Read in Pattinson's next over.

Durham's hopes lay with Smith and captain Dale Benkenstein but when he swept Ferley to midwicket the game was up, with Ferley picking up two wickets in his final over and Liam Plunkett and Gareth Breese also falling before the close.

source - sportinglife.com
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