A thrilling century stand between Tom Moores and Jake Libby returned Notts Outlaws to winning ways in their crucial Vitality Blast match against Yorkshire Vikings.
Both youngsters registered their highest scores in the competition, as Notts recorded a victory by 63 runs.
Moores scored an unbeaten 80, blasting six fours and three sixes, putting on 112 in only 10.5 overs with Libby, who made 58.
Notts posted 212 for five after opting to bat first, with Matt Fisher taking two for 52.
The Vikings were always struggling to compete with a rapidly-increasing run-rate and could only make 149 for seven. Tom Kohler-Cadmore top-scored with 72 in their chase but the Outlaws attack held firm, led by Harry Gurney’s three for 24.
At the start of the evening Alex Hales, playing his 100th T20 game for his county, fell for 17 in only the third over of the match, cutting Jack Brooks to point, where Kane Williamson took a low catch.
The New Zealander immediately left the field and didn’t return for the remainder of the innings, presumably requiring attention to a finger injury.
Libby was the chief aggressor as the two youngsters began their stand. The Cornishman cleared the ropes for the first time with a mighty blow off Brooks and repeated the dose off Jordan Thompson to bring up the 50 stand.
Both batsmen continued to pepper the Vikings attack in their personal duel to reach 50 and it was Libby who arrived at the landmark first, from only 25 balls. Moores followed, getting there from 35 deliveries.
Thompson ended the stand by bowling Libby but the runs continued to flow as Dan Christian plundered 20 from only seven balls.
Moores and Samit Patel took 14 from the final over to set the Vikings a challenging target.
Adam Lyth, playing his 100th T20 match, made only 14 but it was the only success for Notts in the opening 12 overs as Kohler-Cadmore and Willey added 74 together; Riki Wessels’ fine boundary catch off Patel ending the partnership.
Ish Soshi bagged the prize scalp of Kohler-Cadmore, with Steven Mullaney taking the catch and then Gurney claimed his three wickets to seal the win.
Amongst his haul was the wicket of Williamson, who made his way to the crease at no.5 but was clearly handicapped by his injury and could only make 11.
Four wickets fell for only five runs in the closing stages, leaving 70 runs needed from the final over.
The margin of victory, in front of a crowd of 12,277, leapfrogs Notts above Yorkshire and into four place in the North Group.
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