Samit Patel keeps Notts clear at top of North Group

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Nottinghamshire 174-5 (19.3 overs) beat Derbyshire 170-5 (20 overs) by five wickets
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Samit Patel kept his head to see FL t20 North Group leaders Nottinghamshire to victory over neighbours Derbyshire with just three balls to spare.

Martin Guptill smashed 79, backed by Ross Whiteley's unbeaten 40 as the home side set a testing target of 170-5.

But, after Alex Hales blasted 76 off 40 balls in a 105-run third-wicket stand, Patel took control when he was out.

The England hopeful was unbeaten on 70 as Notts sealed their eighth win in 11 games to stay two points clear.

Patel, temporarily released from England's one-day squad to play for Notts, had been dropped while still on 11, but he made Derbyshire pay with some fantastic strikes, the pick of which was a straight drive for six off Tim Groenewald.

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