Samit Patel’s career best bowling figures of four for 20 helped Notts Outlaws become the first side to qualify for this season’s NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day.

Defending a score of 162 for seven, the Outlaws were indebted to the slow left arm spin of Patel, plus the contributions of Steven Mullaney, two for 20, and Imran Tahir, one for 24, as Essex were bowled out for 123 in 18.4 overs.

Jesse Ryder made 47 before being unluckily run out backing up but the middle order collapsed dramatically as all 10 wickets fell for only 58 in 11.3 overs.


Seats for the Vitality Blast Quarter-Final between Notts Outlaws and Hampshire Hawks can be secured here…