Trent Bridge has been nothing short of a fortress in the T20 Blast in recent years, with four home quarter-finals, and four Finals Day appearances secured, since 2016. Here, we take a look back at just how those games were won.
2016 Notts Outlaws vs Essex Eagles
Following a 33-ball fifty from Greg Smith and a handy cameo from opener Riki Wessels, Steven Mullaney swung the 2016 tie in the favour of the Outlaws with the run out of Jesse Ryder.
The Kiwi kickstarted Essex’s pursuit of 162 with a quickfire 47 from 30 deliveries, but Mullaney stunted the visitors’ rapid start, affecting the run out at the non-striker's end on his follow through, and the Eagles fell 36 runs short of their target, Samit Patel collecting four wickets.
2017 Notts Outlaws vs Somerset
Patel was once again a hero of the piece in 2017, his 28-ball 45, along with Dan Christian’s 36, steering the Outlaws to victory as they cruised to their target of 152 in 18.3 overs.
It was Jake Ball’s third over, a double-wicket maiden, that got the proverbial ball rolling for the hosts, although 40 from current Outlaw Peter Trego hoisted the visitors to a more competitive total. In response, Brandan Taylor’s run-a-ball 20, and a finishing job from Mullaney paved the way for Notts to continue on the road to their first Blast title.
2019 Notts Outlaws v Middlesex
A quite remarkable display of hitting from Chris Nash and Alex Hales secured victory by 10 wickets against Middlesex in 2019, the pair scoring 74 and 83 respectively, with a combined 24 boundaries, seven of which were maximums from the blade of Hales.
It meant a chase of 160 with 3.4 overs to spare, after Matt Carter claimed two scalps for the concession of just 16 runs through his four over allocation, while the spin of Imad Wasim prised two Middlesex batsmen from the crease at a cost of 31 runs.
2020 Notts Outlaws v Leicestershire Foxes
Notts made it four Finals Day appearances in five years with a dramatic win over Leicestershire at Trent Bridge in 2020, a misfield off the final ball enabling Imad Wasim to return for a second run to tie the fixture, and allow the Outlaws to progress by virtue of having scored more runs in the powerplay.
Bowling first, two wickets each for Ball and Christian restricted the visitors to 139 from their allotted overs, including a 43-ball 58 from Harry Swindells. In response, Joe Clarke looked in fine fettle, blasting three sixes and three fours before he and Ben Duckett fell in quick succession.
A crucial 26 from Tom Moores set up a late surge though for Notts and, with 10 required from three balls, Patel’s glorious six over extra-cover brought Notts within touching distance.
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