Notts stun Middlesex
Nottinghamshire completed a stunning run chase to pull off a six-wicket win in their LV= County Championship Division One match against Middlesex at Trent Bridge.
Set 385 to win in a minimum of 86 overs, the home side reached their target with 11.1 overs to spare to pull off their third highest run chase of all time.
Five batsmen passed 50, with the platform for the victory being set up by the opening pair of Alex Hales and Phil Jaques, who posted 156 together.
Hales made 94, narrowly missing out on a century for the second time in the match, with Jaques contributing 76.
Michael Lumb scored 68, his first half-century of the season and it was left to James Taylor and Riki Wessels to see their side over the line with an unbeaten stand of 103.
Middlesex batted on for a further 35 minutes at the start of the day, adding 51 runs for the loss of four wickets, before declaring on 271 for nine.
Three of the wickets were taken by Harry Gurney, all clean-bowled, as the England one-day paceman finished with four for 76.
John Simpson fell one short of his 50 and both Tim Murtagh and Steven Finn went cheaply, at which point Chris Rogers declared, leaving Paul Stirling unbeaten on 66.
The Ireland international had brought up his 50 from 80 balls, hitting a flat six over point to add to his other eight boundaries.
Nottinghamshire's reply began positively, 18 coming from the first two overs and 100 achieved by the end of the 17th.
Ravi Patel ended the opening stand at 156, having Jaques caught on the deep midwicket fence for 76.
Hales nearly edged into the hands of Stirling at slip on 56 and survived a genuine chance when Neil Dexter grassed an opportunity on 86 but the opener could not capitalise and fell lbw, sweeping Patel.
Lumb took up the fight but then nicked behind, driving at Finn. Just over 100 were still required when Samit Patel drove to extra cover to be caught by Rogers off his namesake, but a hard-hitting stand between Taylor and Wessels ensured that there would be no more wobbles in the home camp.
Wessels was particularly ruthless, bludgeoning five fours and five powerful maximums on his way to an undefeated 74, brought up in just 48 deliveries.
Taylor's seventh 50 of the summer came from 84 balls, with four fours and a six, as he closed on 56 not out amid jubilant scenes of celebration.
Nottinghamshire collected 22 points for the win and have gone to the top of the First Division table, although other results this week could see them toppled again.
Middlesex drop to fourth, with a haul of eight bonus points.