Voges to the rescue for Notts

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Adam Voges and Samit Patel came to Nottinghamshire's rescue as they avoided an embarrassing defeat by the Unicorns in their Clydesdale Bank 40 clash.

Adam Voges and Samit Patel came to Nottinghamshire's rescue as they avoided an embarrassing defeat at the hands of part-timers Unicorns in their Clydesdale Bank 40 clash at Trent Bridge.

Chasing 122 runs for victory in 29 overs in a rain-affected game, Voges hit an unbeaten 54 and Patel contributed 37 and to help the Outlaws to a six-wicket win under the Duckworth/Lewis method.

It wasn't all plain sailing for the hosts as they slumped to 17 for three after Neil Saker had Ali Brown caught in the third over and Glen Querl bowled Riki Wessels and Alex Hales.

Voges and Patel eased the home fans' nerves with a 72-run fourth wicket partnership. England all-rounder Patel fell lbw to Amar Rashid in the 22nd over before rain forced the players from the field for 40 minutes. When they returned, Notts' original target of 158 from 39 overs was reduced to 122 in 29 overs, but Voges and captain Chris Read (16 not out) put the foot on the accelerator and they reached the total in 26.2 overs.

Earlier, the Outlaws' seamers made the most off overcast conditions and the green Trent Bridge wicket to reduce the Unicorns to 58 for four.

James Campbell was one short of his maiden half-century when a brilliant piece of work from wicketkeeper Read saw him stumped off Steven Mullaney. Craig Park made 38 before he became Paul Franks' third victim. Luis Reece and Neil Saker hit 36 in the last eight overs to push the Unicorns to 157 for six in 39 overs.

The win lifts the Outlaws to third in Group C, four points behind leaders Somerset while the Unicorns remain rooted to the bottom of the log after losing seven of their eight games.

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