Ali Brown hit an unbeaten 73 as Notts Outlaws beat Durham Dynamos by 11 runs.

Batting first, Notts registered 186-4 largely thanks to a 112-run partnership between Brown and Samit Patel (51).

Brown had shared a 26-run opening stand with Alex Hales who was caught by Liam Plunkett at mid-on for 15 and Matt Wood’s 17 and a quick 20 from David Hussey completed the Outlaws’ scoring.

“Durham away is a difficult trip in any form of cricket but we played well today and deserved the victory,” said Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell.

“Ali Brown was exceptional and he picked up the pace nicely in the middle part of the innings alongside Samit.”

Dale Benkenstein top-scored for Durham with 40 but the Notts attack induced a slip from 112-2 to 134-5 to stem the run rate.

Dirk Nannes conceded 43 runs without reward from his four overs whilst Darren Pattinson took 2-16. Paul Franks bowled tidily to return 1-28 with Patel taking 1-21.

“Darren has done very well for us when you consider that he wasn’t in our initial thoughts when we were selecting personnel for this competition,” said Newell.

“Dirk conceded too many runs in his first over but we’re trying to manage his workload between matches so that he is fresh.”

Notts have now won six of their opening seven fixtures in the Friends Provident t20 and have established a clear lead at the top of the northern section.

Newell expects Chris Read to be fit to face Northants Steelbacks who visit Trent Bridge on Tuesday (play starts 6pm).