Notts Outlaws have secured a place in the final four of the Friends Provident t20 after easing past Sussex at Trent Bridge.

Sussex appeared to be in complete control after crusing to 64-1 in reply to 141-9 but they were tied down by tight bowling from Steven Mullaney and Samit Patel.

Dirk Nannes ran-in to intense vocal support from a crowd of 8558 to shut out Sussex in the final over the match as they mustered 128-7.

"We could have got a few more runs on the board but we've bowled exceptionally well and fielded nicely to keep them under pressure," said club captain Chris Read.

"They fell a bit behind the rate and when that happens and you face Nannes, Sidebottom and Pattinson in the final overs it's hard to get back on top.

"These games are extraordinary and it's chaos out there but we've got a great side and we've played professionally and executed our plans."

Having identified a par score of 160, the early departure of Alex Hales signalled the start of a batting demise as the Outlaws struggled to re-ignite the top order fireworks that had seen them cruise through their group.

Ali Brown prospered in the power play overs with 31 from 16 balls before he was clean bowled by Chad Keegan and Samit Patel managed a single before he was bowled by Michael Yardy with three runs added for the third wicket.

David Hussey (16) and Matthew Wood (36) prospered initially but were out either side of Steven Mullaney to leave Notts 98-6.

A 20-run contribution from Chris Read and some late aggression from Ryan Sidebottom steered Notts to what proved to be a winning total of 141-9.