Half-centuries from Joe Clarke and Tom Moores and spectacular bowling performance from Matt Carter set Notts Outlaws on their way to a 71-run win over Birmingham Bears in the Vitality Blast 2019.
Clarke scored 50 runs from 40 balls and Moores hit 69 from 38 balls as Notts scored a total of 184 runs for four after winning the toss and choosing to bat.
Birmingham Bears lost the dangerous Ed Pollock to Carter early on and did not recover after that. The 23-year-old off-spinner followed up with the wickets of Adam Hose and Michael Burgess to record figures of three for 14 in four overs.
The Bears were eventually bowled out for just 113 runs in only 17.3 overs. Luke Wood backed up Carter well, taking three for 16.
Birmingham struck the first blow of the evening, having Alex Hales caught at mid-on for 10 in the third over off Henry Brookes just two balls after he had been put down by Liam Banks at midwicket.
Clarke counter-attacked in style, playing the most glorious of drives off Fidel Edwards to move his score to 16 runs.
Stone was lifted high over the deep midwicket fence by Ben Duckett but then bounced back to bowl his former Northants team-mate for 13 runs before Banks put down Moores off Will Rhodes when the left-hander was on 16 - it would prove costly.
Clarke reached his half-century with a six off Ashton Agar but then perished two balls later, having also hit five fours.
Moores also brought up his half-century with a six and continued to push hard, hitting Jeetan Patel for two more maximums from successive deliveries.
A well-judged boundary catch by Rhodes eventually saw the back of Moores, who plundered six sixes in total, but Imad Wasim and Dan Christian took the total beyond 180.
Carter fired a delivery through the defenses of Pollock in just the second over and the chase floundered from an early stage.
Only 37 runs came from the powerplay overs as the Bears fell alarmingly behind the run rate. Imad, playing his 150th match in this format, picked up two wickets for 21.
Rhodes made 27 and Sam Hain scored 29 but the end came quickly, with the final five wickets falling in 3.4 overs.