Notts Outlaws began their Friends Life t20 programme for 2011 with a 38 run victory over the Derbyshire Falcons at Trent Bridge.
Set a victory target of 185, the visitors reached 146-8, with Andy Carter claiming figures of 4-20 to pick up the Man of the Match Award.
Carter, who was making his t20 debut for the county, played down his efforts. “I was a bit fortunate really”, he said. “I just kept trying to bowl full and straight and they kept missing it.”
He added, “I’m just really pleased to be playing again after all the injuries. It’s exactly a year since I played any first team cricket for Notts and now I hope I get a chance to have a run in the side.”
Carter’s two Australian team-mates paid tribute to the pace bowler. Adam Voges said, “It didn’t surprise me at all how well he bowled because he does that to us all the time in the nets”, whilst skipper David Hussey acknowledged that his man had followed the advice given to him during the break. “Mick Newell told him to keep pitching the ball up and he did and got the rewards.”
On a sunny evening, in front of a crowd of 8585, Luke Sutton, the Falcons captain, won the toss and invited their hosts to bat first. Sutton then sprung something of a surprise by inviting the slow left arm spinner Chesney Hughes to open the bowling.
Riki Wessels and Alex Hales eased into their work and had put on 34 for the first wicket when Hales (18) hit a Groenewald full toss straight to mid-wicket.
Adam Voges made a dozen but then picked out Wayne Madsen at extra cover, who took a spectacular low catch off the bowling of Falcons’ debutant Tom Knight.
David Hussey wasted no time in getting into his stride – hitting 4-1-6 from his first three deliveries faced.
Wessels made 30 before being clean bowled, trying to give himself room against Jonathan Clare but the 100 came up in the 11th over with Samit Patel bludgeoning a six into the New Stand.
In less than five overs the Outlaws two most experienced t20 cricketers added 49 before Patel holed out for 26.
Hussey, in his 50th match in this competition for Notts, powered on to reach his 50 from 35 balls but both he (60) and Steven Mullaney (4) fell in the final over, with Chris Read making an unbeaten 21.
Having scored 190 the previous evening, against Lancashire, the Falcons would have been confident of chasing a total of 185. More so, after openers Guptill and Durston put on 49 inside the power play overs.
Guptill, the New Zealand international who plays for Auckland alongside Andre Adams, was then clean bowled by Carter for 25.
Steven Mullaney, so difficult to get away in this format of the game picked up the wicket of new batsman Chesney Hughes (9) before Carter uprooted the stumps of Madsen (3) and Smith (1).
Hussey brought himself into the attack. Durston hit him for a six over deep extra but then tried to repeat the shot and was stumped – at the second attempt – by Read.
The run rate continued to climb into double figures as Carter picked up his fourth wicket (Clare 12) and was then instrumental in deflecting a Sutton drive into the hands of Hussey, who ran out the Falcons’ captain.
Garry Park made an unbeaten 35 but by then the home side had already sewn up a comfortable victory.
CARTER SHINES IN OPENING VICTORY
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