Joey Evison saw Notts to a comprehensive eight-wicket win before Haseeb Hameed blazed 71 not out as the Outlaws won one match and tied the other in a Second XI T20 double-header against Yorkshire in Harrogate.

In the first encounter of the day, Evison struck 74 off just 31 deliveries and Hameed also made a 32-ball 40 as the visitors chased down their target of 155 with four full overs to spare.

Yorkshire won the toss and opted to bat first, with Will Luxton and James Wharton putting on a stand of 88 for the first wicket before the former was stumped for 39 aiming a swing at Liam Patterson-White in the 12th over.

Fateh Singh then produced an impressive piece of fielding off his own bowling to pick up a straight drive from Wharton and run out Matthew Waite at the non-striker’s end for seven, leaving the hosts 101/2 in the 14th.

Wharton hit Brett Hutton to Sam King in the deep to depart for 66, before an unbroken partnership of 24 between Finlay Bean (28*) and Tom Loten (11*) saw the hosts through to the end of their innings.

Wicketkeeper Dane Schadendorf got the Outlaws off to a flier with a 22-ball 30 that included two maximums, with even the dismissal of Ben Slater, caught by Bean off Jack Shutt, failing to take the wind out of his sails.

Schadendorf himself did fall to Waite, caught by Wharton, with the score 51/2 in the seventh over after a partnership of 28 with Hameed, but that only brought Evison to the crease.

The Peterborough-born all-rounder found the middle of the bat repeatedly, striking ten fours and three sixes as he crushed the attack alongside Hameed, eventually orchestrating victory with four successive fours in the 16th.

The second clash saw Notts bat first, and Hameed picked up where he left off in a 53-ball innings as the Outlaws posted 188/6, which, at the end of a nail-biting final over, the hosts had equalled for the loss of three wickets.

Schadendorf and Slater, the latter of whom struck a 19-ball 30, hoisted the Outlaws to 62/2 at the end of the powerplay, before Hameed and Patterson-White took up the mantle with a partnership of 61.

Having cracked three fours and three sixes in a score of 36 off 23, Patterson-White was run out in the 15th, but Hameed found support in an 11-ball 18 from Matthew Montgomery.

Ben Martindale hit the final ball of the innings for four to confirm the imposing total, before displaying his ability with the ball by bowling Wharton for 21.

A strong stand between Luxton and the unbeaten Bean did ensue, but Toby Pettman, Singh, and Montgomery all played their part in keeping the run-rate down throughout the middle overs.

Pettman saw off Luxton in unconventional fashion as the opener walked into his own stumps for 76, with 28 still required from 17, before being thrown the ball for the final over, from which the hosts needed seven.

The tall right-armer then dramatically held his own as Waite was unable to score off the penultimate delivery, before being run out at the bowler’s end by a direct hit from James Hayes to ensure honours were even.


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