Read gives Notts the upper hand
Chris Read's half-century put Nottinghamshire in charge of the Yorkshire Bank 40 final against Glamorgan at Lord's.
Former England seamer Simon Jones rolled back the years and 20-year-old spinner Andrew Salter picked up two early wickets to restrict the Outlaws, but Read (53) and David Hussey (42) put on a record 99-run stand to steady the ship.
Ashes-winning star Graeme Swann (29 not out), and Steven Mullaney, who scored 21 off 12 balls, upped the tempo in the dying stages as Nottinghamshire ended their 40 overs on 244 for eight - a record-equalling score in 40-over finals.
With Stuart Broad and Swann in their attack, Nottinghamshire will be confident of beating Glamorgan to win their first final at the home of cricket for 24 years.
Glamorgan won the toss and elected to bowl, but Michael Hogan got the underdogs off to a terrible start with a wide.
Alex Hales and Michael Lumb, England's opening pair at Twenty20 level, are used to swashbuckling starts, but Hogan and medium pacer Jim Allenby restricted them early on.
With the floodlights on due to the dreary conditions in north-west London, Nottinghamshire had to wait until the sixth over before they scored their first boundary.
The Outlaws sped things up in the following over, however, as Lumb drove and edged behind two fours before lofting Allenby over the mid-on boundary.
Glamorgan captain Mark Wallace made a double-change, bringing on Jones and Salter soon after and the move paid off.
Lumb (28) totally misread a short Salter delivery and spooned the ball back to the bowler to leave Nottinghamshire 52 for one.
Jones then struck in the following over, removing Hayles for 18 after he drove to Murray Goodwin at deep cover.
James Taylor and Samit Patel could only add 17 off the next six overs as Jones and Salter continued to bowl tightly.
Then another two wickets fell in successive overs as Patel holed out to Gareth Rees off Salter for 10 and Jones produced a fine ball which nipped off the seam in to Wallace's gloves via Taylor's outside edge.
Hussey came to the crease, but he was almost sent back to the pavilion straight away when he mis-timed a drive off Salter's bowling, but luckily for the Australian, Rees spilled the diving catch at mid-off.
Hussey and Read stabilised the Nottinghamshire innings and their 50 partnership came up in the 26th over off 53 balls.
The pair started to open their shoulders thereafter. Salter went for 18 in the 31st over, tarnishing his figures.
Read brought up his 50 in style, swatting Graham Wagg into the stands over mid-on.
The partnership came to an end the following ball, however, when Ben Wright ran Hussey out after a fine piece of fielding at mid-off.
Read then fell for 53 when he sliced Hogan to Chris Cooke.
Read's dismissal did not deter Nottinghamshire, though, as Mullaney and Swann turned on the style at the death.
The Outlaws scored 47 in their final four-over power play.
Wagg bowled Mullaney in the penultimate over as he looked to hit the seamer back down the ground.
Swann clipped Hogan over mid-wicket for four in the final over, and Broad was bowled with the last ball of the innings for a golden duck.