Gurney, Patel star in Nottinghamshire’s maiden T20 title

Gurney, Patel star in Nottinghamshire's maiden T20 title

Brief scores: Nottinghamshire 190/4 in 20 overs (Brendan Taylor 65, Samit Patel 64*; Chris Woakes 3-29) beat Warwickshire 168/8 in 20 overs (Sam Hain 72; Harry Gurney 4-17) by 22 runs.

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Dan Christian: The partnership between Brendan Taylor and Samit Patel really set the game for us. We generally had someone stand up at some stage and that’s what happened tonight. The wicket suited slower balls and our bowlers made full use of it. There’s a really good feel around the club.
Time for Notts players to receive their medals now. Some of them are busy uncorking the champagnes
Grant Elliott: We started off really well. All credit to Samit and Brendan, they took the game away from us. They batted exceptionally well. I’m proud of this group. They have done everythig that was asked of them. Yes! T20 is a young guys game and I would like to be around for a few more years and feel empowered.
Warwickshire players are being called to the podium to receive the runner-up medals. Some of the Notts players have already started gulping a few pints
Samit Patel, Man of the Match: I always cherish run-outs. Everyone steeped at the right time and that’s what is fantastic about our team. We got through a period where they bowled really well and then we started to pick the gaps. All the bowlers showed the tricks we got and bowled really well on a used wicket.

They would’ve been might pleased with the choice too when Chris Woakes levied a triple strike on Nottinghamshire early on who were reeling at 30 for 3, with their top-scorers Alex Hales (7) and Riki Wessles (19) back in the shed. Wessles, who fell two short of his second fifty of the tournament in the semifinal, finished as the second-highest run-scorer with 559 runs in 16 matches, averaging 43.00. Amd with Tom Moores falling for a three-ball duck, Nottinghamshire were in trouble with the possibility of finishing with a below-par score with their top three gone.

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Brendan Taylor and Samit Patel were faced with the task of stabilising the innings, and although the run-rate hovered around the six-run mark, the pair stayed in, bided their time and let loose towards the end adding as many as 69 in the last five.

Taylor fell for 65 off 49 balls in the penultimate over, while Patel was unbeaten on 64 off 42 balls – a knock that comprised of four boundaries and as many sixes, after the pair added 132 for the fourth wicket. Daniel Christian came in after Taylor’s dismissal for a very handy cameo of 8-ball 24 that took Nottinghamshire to a strong total despite Woakes’s three-wicket return.

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