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Madsen and Cross heroics in vain at Trent Bridge

MadsenT20Wayne Madsen and Gareth Cross both hit half-centuries, but it was Nottinghamshire Outlaws who came out on top in a high-scoring NatWest T20 Blast clash at Trent Bridge.

After being invited to bat first, the Outlaws scored 206-5, as Riki Wessels hit the second highest score ever by a Nottinghamshire batsman in Twenty20 cricket, 95 not out off 51 balls (10 fours, 4 sixes),

The visitors could only reach 179-7 in reply, with Madsen making 65 and Cross 54 as part of a 103-run stand for the fourth wicket.

Fittingly, Wessels hit his highest score of his T20 career in his 100th innings in 
the format. The 28-year old raced to his 50 from just 29 balls and paced himself with an innings that eventually became match-defining, after Notts had lost both openers.

Phil Jaques had been bowled by Mark Footitt in the third over and then Alex Hales soon followed to Chesney Hughes' slow left arm spin and a good catch at long-off by Tony Palladino.

Samit Patel fell cheaply but a hard-hitting stand of 85 in 45 balls, between Wessels and James Taylor, provided the backbone of the Notts' innings.

Taylor and Chris Read perished in the late push for runs, leaving Wessels on the brink of a century. He began the final over on 94 but only faced one more ball, with Steven Mullaney ending the innings in style, clubbing Tony Palladino's final three deliveries for a four and two sixes.

As losing early wickets, a stand of 103 in 53 balls, between Cross and Madsen, kept Derbyshire's faint hopes alive. Both batsmen reached their 50 in the 17th over, Madsen from 27 balls, with 5 fours and 2 sixes, Cross, promoted to three in the order, from 36 balls, with 4 fours and 1 six.

Cross then fell to Fletcher, who returned figures of two for 29 before Madsen's fine innings came to an end as he drove Gurney to extra cover.

Cross said: "It was a great innings from Riki, we know what a really good player he is, we just couldn't handle him tonight. That's the type of innings I think they want from me, when I'm pushed up to three in the order.

"We knew we'd have to play well to chase down their score and the two of us gave it a go but we'd left it a little bit too late. We backed ourselves but really we needed to go a little bit earlier."

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