Alex Hales finished unbeaten on 66 as Notts wrapped up a six wicket victory with six overs to spare. A 22-run knock from Matt Wood and David Hussey’s 15 laid the platform for Chris Read to hit the winning boundary.
“It was tough to middle the ball because the wicket was two-paced wicket so I decided to get after them by swinging as hard as I can and it paid off,” said Hales.
“I’ve worked very hard over the winter and hope that I can continue this run of form. Twenty20 cricket suits my style and the team has delivered a great performance today.”
Dirk Nannes became the first player in world cricket to amass 100 Twenty20 wickets with a two wicket-haul. Nannes’ first delivery in Notts colours was called wide but he bounced back in style removing Jacques and Solanki in his second over.
Steven Mullaney devastated the Worcestershire middle order with a return of 3-12 in a spell of wicket to wicket bowling with good variations of pace. Sidebottom, White, Patel and Franks all took a single wicket.
Outlaws Twenty20 captain David Hussey said that Hales’s knock served to demonstrate his potential to challenge for international honours in the years ahead.
“Alex has England potential if he keeps working hard and plays smart cricket,” said Hussey.
“Batsmen won’t enjoy facing Ryan Sidebottom and Dirk Nannes because they always challenge the batsmen and hunt for wickets.
“We’ve made an ideal start and I hope that we can replicate this level of performance against Derbyshire on Friday night.”
A warm and dry forecast for Notts Outlaws’ game against Derbyshire Falcons should ensure a decent crowd at Trent Bridge on Friday (6pm start).
Tickets are available on the day priced £15 for adults and senior citizens and £8 for under 16s.
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