As Notts prepare to welcome Yorkshire Vikings to Trent Bridge on Sunday in the Vitality Blast, we look back on one of the most electrifying clashes in Outlaws T20 history.

Choosing whether to bat or bowl on winning the toss can be a tough decision in T20 cricket.

If the coin comes down in your favour, the temptation to bat second, with the opportunity it provides to pace a run-chase, can be overwhelming.

Allow the opposition to chalk up an imposing total, however, and scoreboard pressure can rear its ugly, unpredictable head.

It was a fate which looked as though it may befall the Outlaws against Yorkshire in 2017, but they - and specifically Alex Hales - had other ideas.

Having put their opponents in to bat, the green and golds could only watch as the opening pair of Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Adam Lyth battered the boundary.

Their six-over stand took them to 83 in the relative blink of an eye before Steven Mullaney laid claim to the first wicket of Kohler-Cadmore.

Samit Patel did what he could to stem the flow of runs by taking the scalps of Lyth (59), David Willey (2) and Peter Handscomb (31), but he couldn’t stop Yorkshire from rocketing their way to 223-5.

It would require a record-breaking performance from the Outlaws batsmen to secure victory - but in their ranks they had a man undaunted by the prospect of breaking new ground in limited-overs cricket.

The newsprint which hailed Alex Hales' record-breaking 187 to win the Royal London One-Day Cup was barely dry as the opener made his latest assault on the history books.

And, alongside Riki Wessels, the right-hander made a confident start to the chase.

Wessels and Hales put 87 on the board before Wessels fell victim to Azeem Rafiq for 34.

Despite being deprived of his opening partner, Hales continued to catapult the bowlers over the ropes, hitting eighteen boundaries on that occasion on his way to a century.

His 56-ball 101 made him only the second batsman to score a T20 ton for the Outlaws, but the outcome of the encounter was still in some doubt as he left the crease. 

With 47 required from 5.3 overs, Steven Mullaney’s 17 from seven balls was invaluable, marshalling Notts over the finishing line with five balls to spare. 

The green and golds would make more history later that summer by claiming their maiden T20 title, but this North Group clash retains its own place in the annals of Outlaws achievements. 


There are two further opportunities to catch the Outlaws in T20 action at Trent Bridge this summer, with the next opportunity coming as part of a double-header on Sunday 25 August. The Outlaws' clash against Yorkshire Vikings will be preceded by Loughborough Lightning v Lancashire Thunder in the Kia Super League.

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