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Swann on form to deny Middlesex

NatWest Pro40 Div One, Lord's: Nottinghamshire 180 beat Middlesex 161 by 19 runs

Middlesex went to the bottom of Pro40 Division One after losing to title-hunters Nottinghamshire by 19 runs in their clash at Lord's.

Despite Eoin Morgan's 39, they were unable to deal the Outlaws bowling.

Graeme Swann picked up 3-27 as a total of 180 was masterfully defended. Swann had earlier struck 33 from 32 balls.

The Crusaders lost their first wicket in the sixth over when England opener Andrew Strauss was beaten for pace and trapped lbw for 13 by Andre Adams.

Ge was soon followed by Ed Joyce for 18, who hit a couple of superb boundaries but was clean bowled by a Charlie Shreck yorker to leave Middlesex struggling on 33-2.

Owais Shah and Morgan put on 39 for the third wicket before both fell to the wily Mark Ealham.

With the score on 107, Dawid Malan was bowled for 16, attempting a reverse sweep in Swann's first over and with 51 runs still needed from 10 overs Tyron Henderson (16) was bowled by Samit Patel after a couple of mighty sixes.

The innings continued to unravel and was wrapped up with the run out of Dirk Nannes with 10 balls remaining.

Earlier, the Nottinghamshire openers got off to reasonable start with openers Will Jefferson and Swann sharing a stand of 57.

They then collapsed on a horrible cold, grey afternoon, before nearly all the tail-enders chipped in with valuable, fast-scoring cameos.


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