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Worcester streak ended by Notts

FRIENDS PROVIDENT TROPHY, GROUP A, Trent Bridge
Nottinghamshire 211-6 beat Worcestershire 209-8 by four wickets
(Notts 2pts, Worcs 0pts)


Paul Franks
Franks hit three fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 37

Nottinghamshire's seventh-wicket pair of Adam Voges and Paul Franks saw their side home to end Worcestershire's winning start to the FP Trophy season.

Youngsters Daryl Mitchell (59) and Moeen Ali (58) had earlier helped the visitors post 209-8 in their 50 overs.

And, at 126-2, with Mark Wagh (52) and Samit Patel (45) well set, an easy victory seemed on the cards.

Wagh's run-out, followed next ball by Patel's demise, sparked a collapse, but Voges and Franks saw Notts to 211-6.

Nottinghamshire's win was enough to return to the top of the group, now level on points with Worcestershire, but with a better run rate.

Steve Rhodes' men never recovered from losing their top-order batsmen Vikram Solanki, Steven Davies and Stephen Moore.

Skipper Solanki was first to go, losing his middle-stump to an off-cutter from Andre Adams, who accounted for Moore in his next over when the right-hander chopped on to his stumps.

Dangerman Davies, who had hit a match-winning 82 not out in the reverse fixture at New Road last Sunday, was then bowled by Paul Franks for 21 as the visitors slumped to 42-3.

Moeen and Mitchell then did little more than paper over the cracks by at least giving their attack, minus the still injured Ashley Noffke, something to bowl at.

Nottinghamshire suffered an early setback when opener Ali Brown miscued a hook to point.

But fellow opener Wagh then led the way with his third half-century in four innings in the competition, aided by Patel.

Wagh was then left helpless when Mitchell deflected Patel's straight drive onto the stumps with Wagh out of his ground.

Patel then threw his wicket away to the very next ball, driving to Solanki at mid-off. And the jitters seemed to have set in when Will Jefferson and Chris Read also both fell cheaply.

But Voges and Franks showed admirable coolness under pressure to guide the hosts home with 33 balls to spare.

Worcestershire's director of cricket Steve Rhodes told BBC Hereford and Worcester: "We could have won it and a lot of credit goes to Franks and Voges as they got them through.

"But this is no train smash for us. We have gone well in this competition.

"There were still some positives today to take into the next week."



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