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Notts triumph in 10-over thrash

FRIENDS PROVIDENT TROPHY GROUP A, Grace Road
Nottinghamshire 149-3 beat Leicestershire 67-5 by 9 runs (D/L). Notts 2pts.


Friends Provident Trophy

Nottinghamshire took a step nearer the quarter-finals of the Friends Provident Trophy by beating Leicestershire in a dramatic rain-hit finale at Grace Road.

After rain fell with Notts on 149-3 in the 36th over, Leicestershire were then asked to chase a revised Duckworth/Lewis target of 77 to win in 10 overs.

But two Darren Pattinson scalps helped the home side come up short on 67-5.

Having gone top, Notts now need another victory against Hampshire at Trent Bridge on Wednesday to win Group A.

After winning the toss, Notts were twice interrupted by rain.

Mark Wagh made 40 off 65 balls and then man of the match Samit Patel produced an unbeaten 48, his first 29 runs all coming in singles.

FP TROPHY QUARTER FINALISTS
Group A: Nottinghamshire, Worcestershire or Hampshire
Group B: Somerset (winners), Middlesex or Warwickshire
Group C: Gloucestershire (winners), Sussex
Group D: Lancashire (winners), Essex or Derbyshire

But the first short stoppage came at 101-3 after 28.2 overs, after which the game was reduced to 48 overs a side. And there was then a further interruption at 149-3 which proved a bit longer.

Play was unable to restart before 5.40, leaving the home side what looked a comfortable challenge in a 10-over chase.

But, after making a good start with 24 runs in the first three overs, the Leicester reply fell apart as wickets began to go at a regular rate.

Australian Adam Voges dealt a crucial blow in the sixth over when he claimed the wicket of James Allenby, as well as conceding only two runs.

After that, Notts were always in charge. And although the Foxes left their one over of power-play to the ninth over, it was too late. And Ryan Sidebottom's excellent control in the last over, conceding just four runs, proved decisive.


Samit Patel told BBC Radio Nottingham: "It was a great team effort.

"I thought Mark Wagh played exceptionally well. We needed to get partnerships.

"It was very good and it's all about Notts winning. That's what matters really.

"But tomorrow's game is the big one. It's a massive game and we know that.

"It's like another quarter-final. We might have two quarter-finals - but we should go well."



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