The Outlaws’ top five failed to fire without overseas support as Kent cruised to victory in a rain affected 16-over CB40 clash at Canterbury.

Alex Hales scored 21 as Notts slipped to 37-5 with the second and fifth wicket partnerships worthless.

Graeme White went for a second ball duck although, like Mullaney (14), Elstone (13), Franks (13) and Fletcher (14), aggression was required as Notts attempted to chase Kent’s marker of 135-3.

Home openers Joe Denly and Rob Key were run out by White and Samit Patel bowled Martin van Jarsveld but Darren Stevens’49 underpinned what was to be a victorious innings as Notts fell 42 runs short.

Warwickshire’s defeat against Durham lessened the impact of the defeat and Notts remain one point from the top spot with a game in hand.