FLt20 Outlaws hold up the Bears


The Nottinghamshire Outlaws inflicted a second home defeat in succession on the Bears, with a twenty eight run victory at Edgbaston

After winning the toss and batting at Edgbaston the Nottinghamshire Outlaws posted a massive 193-7 from their twenty overs, equalling the second highest total the Bears have ever conceded.

It was a cautious start for the Outlaws after Alex Hales was caught behind by Ambrose off Carter but Rikki Wessels then launched into Neil Carter’s second over and with seven fours and four sixes he made a superb seventy from just forty three deliveries before Darren Maddy’s accurate return to Ambrose saw him just failing to make his ground.

Ant Botha back from injury had Voges caught by Clarke for twenty and despite picking up Mullaney, read and Patel reasonably cheaply, David Hussey’s half century towards the end of the innings took the Outlaws to a total of 193-7.

Neil Carter 2-61 entered the record books with the most ever hit off four overs for the Bears, taking that record away from a relieved Jimmy Anyon.

When the Bears began their response, Varun Chopra was the first to go, pulling Fletcher into the hands of deep mid wicket off the last delivery of the second over and then Neil Carter was run out after a mix up with William Porterfield, who followed soon afterwards caught at fine leg by Carter off Fletcher with Warwickshire 36-3.

Jim Troughton 30, added fifty four for the fourth wicket with Darren Maddy who then completed his half century before being caught for an aggressive sixty one. Keith Barker followed next ball, but with just two overs remaining the Bears still needed forty five to win.

Chasing an improbable victory, Clarke gave Fletcher a return catch and Botha was caught on the mid wicket boundary leaving the Bears to make 34 from the final over as Patterson had Piolet caught from the first ball of the final over. Chasing every run Tim Ambrose was caught on the cover boundary off Patterson who finished with 5-25 from his four overs as the Bears were dismissed for 165 off the final ball of the match to lose by twenty eight runs

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