Outlaws off to winning start
Royals crushed at New Road
Last Updated: 11/06/10 9:24am
High five: Nannes (right) and Patel
Nottinghamshire Outlaws cruised to a six-wicket victory over Worcestershire Royals in their first match of the Friends Provident t20.
Opening batsman Alex Hales hit 66 not out as the Outlaws overhauled a target of 114 with a full six overs to spare at New Road.
Hales, whose 49-ball innings contained nine fours and two sixes, put on 63 with Matthew Wood for the second wicket to break the back of the run chase.
Australian leg-spinner Steven Smith (2-20) had Wood stumped for 22 and bowled Samit Patel for a golden duck at the start of the ninth over.
David Hussey was run out for 15 with the winning line in sight but Hales finished the job alongside Chris Read (4no).
Earlier, the Royals struggled to a total of 113-9 from their 20 overs after being asked to bat.
Opening bowlers Ryan Sidebottom (1-17) and Dirk Nannes (2-20) set the tone with frugal opening spells.
Nannes, the Australian left-arm seamer who is the leading wicket taker in T20 cricket worldwide, accounted for openers Vikram Solanki (3) and Phil Jaques (8) to reduce the Pears to 13-2 in the fourth over.
And wickets continued to fall regularly, including three for seamer Steven Mullaney (3-12), before some late hitting from Gareth Andrew (23no) at least took the home side into a collective three figures.
Andrew signed off with three successive sixes as Paul Franks' (1-33) final over disappeared for 23 - a rare highlight for the home crowd.