An inspired Riki Wessels got the better of Nottinghamshire team-mate Samit Patel when the two players came head to head in the Hong Kong Blitz.
Last season’s leading run scorer in the T20 Blast crashed a match-winning 91 not out from just 37 balls as his Hung Hom Jaguars side beat Patel’s Kowloon Cantons by six wickets at Mong Kok.
Wessels had a strike rate of almost 250 and hit eight fours and seven sixes in his knock to guide his side to 176-4 and victory with 5.4 overs to spare.
It included a six, four and a six off consecutive Patel deliveries, who finished with 1-21 from two overs after bowling the Jaguars’ captain Kinchit Shah for 1.
The Notts all-rounder had earlier scored 54 from 39 balls, with five fours and three sixes, in Kowloon’s 172-6.
Patel also hit an important 41 (23 balls, five sixes, two fours) in the Cantons’ first match of the tournament – a 31-run win over Galaxy Gladiators Lantau.
His side batted first and were 158 all out, but limited the Gladiators to 127 all out, as he took 1-27 from his four overs.
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