5 JOIN OUR MAILING LIST FOR ALL THE LATEST: TRENTBRIDGE.CO.UK/MAILINGLIST 2020 VITALITY BLAST FEATURE BY Matthew Freeman THE 2020 VITALITY BLAST: OUR STORY The Vitality Blast. The countback consulting, reserve day requiring, debutant heroing, live stream for witnessing, 2020 Vitality Blast. Matthew Freeman, who followed the Outlaws throughout, recounts the story of the victorious Green and Golds. Durham v Notts, 29 August 2020. Notts won by six wickets. Spectacular fielding, miserly bowling and an imperious chase completed with room to spare – the Outlaws’ 2020 blueprint for Blast success was in evidence from the outset. Durham accumulated runs breezily enough in chilly Bank Holiday conditions, but theirs was an innings destined to be remembered for a quite remarkable catch; a full-length swallow dive from Chris Nash to snaffle the dangerous Alex Lees. Nash was to get the Outlaws’ chase off to a fine start, but this was undisputedly Joe Clarke’s day. Seven fours sent the Durham field scattering, while eight sixes saw staff nervously scanning the car park to see if their vehicles had survived the onslaught. With the final blow of the innings, Clarke heaved Liam Trevaskis high and wide to become Notts’ fourthT20 centurion, and ensure the campaign got off to the perfect start. Notts vYorkshire, 31 August 2020. Notts won by six wickets . A baking Bank Holiday Monday, a blockbuster clash and a host of internationals on show – if only crowds were permitted this summer, this encounter would have had all the hallmarks of a Trent BridgeT20 classic. In the event, the half-million eyeballs trained on the Outlaws’

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