Hussey Provides
Champagne Moment

Match Report | 25th June 2010

I have always wanted to score the winning runs at Trent Bridge and tonight I have fulfilled that dream.

Notts Outlaws retained their unbeaten home record in the Friends Provident t20 competition with a tense four wicket victory against Durham Dynamos in front of the biggest crowd of the season.

The hero of the hour was David Hussey who played a gutsy captain's innings, scoring 47 from 35 balls, to guide the Outlaws to victory in the last over of the game.

Requiring 56 from the final five overs with just four wickets in hand the Outlaws looked out of the game and staring at their second defeat in as many evenings.

But up stepped the skipper and the unflappable Graeme White, who scored 26 from 13 balls, to guide the Outlaws home and strengthen their position at the top of the North Group on 15 points.

Hussey had won the toss and elected to field having made two changes to the side beaten by Yorkshire Carnegie; Ryan Sidebottom replacing Paul Franks and club captain Chris Read returning from injury to take over wicket keeping duties from Bilal Shafayat.

Former England wicket keeper Phil Mustard got the Dynamoss innings off to a flying start crashing both Sidebottom and Dirk Nannes for boundaries on either side of the wicket.

Mustard took the past 50 in five overs, scoring 35 from 23 balls, before being caught at cover by White off the bowling of Darren Pattinson.

Nannes then returned at the Pavilion end and struck immediately with the wicket of Ian Blackwell for 13.

The loss of the openers stemmed the flow as the Dynamos scored just 26 from the second set of five overs for the loss of Dale Benkenstein.

Kiwi star Ross Taylor looked set to increase the run rate with a big six from the first ball of Steven Mullaney's next over but was caught at deep mid wicket attempting another maximum.

Mullaney and Samit Patel then turned the screw taking four wickets in four overs to reduce the Dynamos to 106 for 6 after 15 overs.

The Dynamos, however, rallied for a final flourish, with South African Albie Morkel and Liam Plunkett taking the score to 155 for 9 at the close.

The Outlaws reply got off to the unluckiest of starts with hard hitting Alex Hales run out backing up at the non-strikers end off the hand of Morkel.

Ali Brown followed in the second Morkel over, bowled leg stump for 6 from 11 balls, leaving the Outlaws behind the rate at 9 for 2.

Matt Wood was joined at the crease by Patel and hey increased the score to 48 from the 6 power play overs, taking a particular liking to Ben Harmison who went for 22 from his first over at the Radcliffe Road end.

Wood was finally caught at long-off by Dale Benkenstein from the off spin of West Indian Gareth Breese for 36 from 22 balls.

Patel then followed in similar fashion, this time caught by Smith at long on for 20, leaving the Outlaws requiring another 85 from the final 10 overs.

Hope was fading when the Outlaws lost Read pulling Morkel to Stokes at midwicket for 16 from 11 deliveries.

Hussey and White were under pressure to score quickly and they delivered. The turning point coming in the 18th over when White drove Liam Plunkett back over his head for a huge six into the Radcliffe Road Stand and proceeded to score 16 from the over.

The Outlaws required seven from the final over and it was left to man of the match Hussey to fulfill a childhood dream and score the winning runs with a lusty blow over mid-off.

"I have always wanted to score the winning runs at Trent Bridge and tonight I have fulfilled that dream," he said.

"The crowd were superb tonight and really made a difference in that tight situation. We really want to give them a home tie in the quarter-finals so it is vital that we keep the momentum and keep winning.

"Hopefully we will get another big crowd on Sunday for the early morning game and keep playing well here at Trent Bridge."

Sunday's game against Warwickshire Bears at Trent Bridge begins at 11 am and admission is free for under 16s. Adult ticket prices have been slashed to 12 with senior citizens able to watch for 7.

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