Updated: 30/06/2012 21:13 | By pa.press.net

Hales shines as Outlaws go top



Alex Hales helped guide Nottinghamshire to victory over Durham

Alex Hales helped guide Nottinghamshire to victory over Durham

England Twenty20 opener Alex Hales' fine form continued with the bat as he propelled Nottinghamshire Outlaws back to the top of the Friends Life t20 North Group with a 41-run victory over Durham Dynamos.

The 23-year-old, fresh from his brilliant 99 against the West Indies on his home ground last weekend, hit 88 off 51 balls with four sixes and six fours, sharing a club record partnership of 142 with Riki Wessels for the second wicket. Wessels himself made 53 and Michael Lumb 36 as Notts posted 210 for three in the first innings, Mitch Claydon picking up three for 34.

Durham lost early wickets and, although Ben Stokes (56) smashed four sixes from 32 balls, his dismissal by Darren Pattinson ended any hopes of a win for the visitors, who finished on 169 for seven.

Yorkshire took a giant step towards qualifying for the quarter-finals by beating Lancashire by 19 runs in front of a 10,350 crowd at Headingley.

Yorkshire, put in to bat, were 60 for three after 10 overs, losing all three batsmen to boundary catches. However, they were then propelled to their final total of 180 for six by a hurricane stand of 91 in 7.1 overs between David Miller and Gary Ballance. Lancashire finished on 161 for five.

Former Derbyshire all-rounder Wayne White condemned his ex-team mates to a fifth defeat as the Leicestershire Foxes won a thrilling match by four wickets off the last ball at Derby. White hit the final ball from Rana Naved-ul-Hasan to the fine leg boundary to clinch victory and overhaul the Falcons' 171 for three.

Hamish Marshall led from the front with 66 as Gloucestershire romped to a shock nine-wicket win over Somerset with 5.2 overs to spare. A packed crowd of more than 7,000 saw the hosts fall to their first defeat in the Midlands/Wales/West Division, having been restricted to 140 for eight after winning the toss, Albie Morkel top-scoring with 33.

Spinners Muttiah Muralitharan (two for 20) and Ed Young (one for 18) bowled their eight overs for a combined total of 38 runs, while Ian Saxelby and James Fuller claimed two wickets each. Marshall and Benny Howell (55 not out) then made the total look even more inadequate, with an opening stand of 115 in 12.1 overs.

Michael Rippon took career-best figures of four for 23 on his debut as Sussex romped to an 83-run victory over Kent at Hove, while Glenn Maxwell produced another explosive innings to carry Hampshire to victory against Essex at Chelmsford.

Warwickshire Bears captain Jim Troughton led by example with a half-century in his side's seven-wicket win over Northamptonshire Steelbacks at Wantage Road, and Phil Hughes showed the Australians what they are missing by lighting up Worcestershire's campaign in a 19-run victory over Glamorgan Dragons at New Road.

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