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Nottinghamshire beat Sussex to make FP t20 semi-finals

Nottinghamshire 141-9 (20 ovs) beat Sussex 128-7 (20 ovs) by 13 runs
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Nottinghamshire celebrate
Nottinghamshire celebrate reaching Twenty20 finals day for the second time

Nottinghamshire stifled Sussex to earn a 13-run win in the Friends Provident t20 quarter-final at Trent Bridge.

Despite a 16-ball 31 from opener Ali Brown, Notts needed late boundaries from Ryan Sidebottom to reach 141-8.

Sussex looked well placed at 64-1, but were pegged back by tight bowling from Samit Patel and Steven Mullaney.

The visitors lost six wickets for 45 runs to slip to 109-7, ending on 128-7, as Notts joined Hampshire in finals day at The Rose Bowl on 14 August.

After Sussex won the toss and inserted the hosts, Brown exploded out of the blocks, hitting four fours and two sixes.

He made light of seeing opening partner Alex Hales fall to Yasir Arafat (4-35) to help move Notts to 52 before he was bowled by Chad Keegan in the sixth over.


However his dismissal, coupled with some tight bowling from the spin trio of Mike Yardy, Will Beer and Chris Nash, meant the home side added only 48 in the next nine overs and looked unlikely to post a winning score when Matthew Wood was run out for 36.

But late impetus was added first by Chris Read (20) and then Sidebottom, who hit consecutive fours in the final over before holing out off the last ball of the innings.

Chris Nash (22) and Luke Wright (18) looked like making a big dent in Sussex's target until Wright was caught at mid-on off Darren Pattinson (3-17).

But despite the departure of the England all-rounder, the 2009 Twenty20 Cup winners did not look under pressure until Patel and Mullaney entered the attack.

First, Nash buckled after a string of dot balls to be trapped lbw sweeping at Patel, then Sussex captain Yardy was run out after a mix-up with Murray Goodwin.

After Ed Joyce also fell leg before, this time to Graeme White, Andrew Hodd joined Goodwin to try and launch a fightback.

But with every dot ball being cheered by the partisan home crowd, the contest was effectively ended when Hodd was well held at cover by David Hussey off Sidebottom, while Goodwin - who had already been put down twice - fell victim to an athletic Hales catch on the leg-side boundary.

Sussex were now left with far too much to do and, despite Keegan hitting the last ball of the match for six, Notts, runners-up in 2006, were celebrating reaching finals day for the second time.

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