Notts beat Bears to stretch clear at top of table
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|Nottinghamshire 173-6 beat Warwickshire by 163-7 by 10 runs|
Samit Patel starred with bat and ball as Nottinghamshire beat Warwickshire by 10 runs to stretch clear at the top of the FL t20 North Group table.
Alex Hales (67), Adam Voges (39) and Patel (37 not out from 26 balls) were the mainstays as Notts totalled 173-6.
The Bears lost Varun Chopra first ball before Patel (1-18) nipped in for the key wicket of skipper Jim Troughton.
Chris Woakes led late resistance with a stunning 44 from 19 balls, but Warwickshire fell short on 163-7.
Hales and Patel both staked their claim for England one-day selection as Notts extended their unbeaten start at the expense of a Bear side suffering their third straight defeat.
And the England selectors would have also taken note of some of the powerful blows struck by Woakes, another England hopeful, who is already capped at one-day and Twenty20 level.
From nowhere, he blasted five fours and two sixes to get the Bears back in the contest when all seemed lost.
Woakes smashed 20 off Andy Carter's third over, including one remarkable six over cover point.
But, having got it down to 21 needed off the final over bowled by Darren Pattinson, when more sixes were needed, they could only manage singles.
BBC Sport's Warwickshire man Clive Eakin:
"The message coming from Warwickshire is Don't Panic', even though three defeats in a row has raised concerns that they might fail to qualify from the Twenty20 group stage for only the second time in nine years.
"Two of the defeats have come against a very strong Nottinghamshire team. But the Bears now need probably six or seven wins from their remaining 11 games.
"All is far from lost but they can't afford too many mistakes if they're to be at their own party on finals day at Edgbaston on 27 August."