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Phantoms win last ball Trent Bridge thriller

Graham Wagg produced the goods with bat and ball to help Derbyshire Phantoms to a thrilling last-ball victory by three wickets over north division rivals Nottinghamshire Outlaws in the Twenty20 Cup.

Needing 11 off the final over, Wagg flicked Andre Adams over short fine-leg for four and then drilled the final delivery through cover to seal the win.

That completed a fine all-round performance by the left-arm seamer, who had earlier claimed three for 23 as the hosts were limited to 144 for nine, Adam Voges top-scoring with 52 off 41 balls.

Chasing 145, the Phantoms seemed to be charge while Wavell Hinds (45) was at the crease, before he became one of Samit Patel's three victims to ensure the game went down to the wire.

On a slow, turning pitch, the Outlaws total was built around a 50-run partnership between Voges and Bilal Shafayat, as the pair helped the hosts recover from the loss of two early wickets.

Derbyshire opening bowlers Charl Langeveldt and Wagg accounted for Adams and Patel respectively, while spinner Nayan Doshi removed Will Jefferson before Voges and Shafayat staged their recovery.

Shafayat slog-swept Doshi for four and followed up with a straight six, but was then caught on the midwicket boundary for 32 by Jake Needham looking for another maximum.

His dismissal triggered another flurry of wickets in the closing overs, with Chris Cairns picking out deep square leg and Chris Read beaten for pace by the returning Langeveldt.

Voges reached his 50 with a square drive for four off Rikki Clarke but then top-edged a pull to fine leg, while Wagg sent Mark Ealham and Gareth Clough back to the pavilion in the final over.

Derbyshire lost an early wicket when Greg Smith skied an attempted pull to midwicket, but that only brought West Indian international Hinds to the crease.

He produced some meaty strokes to keep the visitors up with the run-rate, only to become part of a late collapse as Patel picked up three wickets in seven balls.

Dan Birch and John Sadler also fell before the close but Wagg stepped up to give Derbyshire their second win in the competition.

source - sportinglife.com
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