Nottinghamshire v Warwickshire Royal London Cup May 27th

Neil Whitaker reports from Trent Bridge

WARWICKSHIRE kept their hopes progressing to the next stage of the Royal London one day cup alive with a 108 run victory with over  the holders Nottinghamshire Outlaws at Trent Bridge.

Warwickshire captain Jeetan Patel said: “ At half time we were a little bit deflated, having a score of 300 to defend is better than 295 but  we knew that they would have to bat very well to beat us  so we knew that if we had hit them hard and quick. In this format you have  to create pressure  and also you have to keep up with the rate.  We haven’t won here for a long time so its fantastic for us.”

Defending 295 which at the interval seamed a below par score,  the Outlaws wickets were shared amongst the Warwickshire bowlers with Aaron Thomoson taking four for 45.   The Warwickshire bowlers struck early in the Outlaws reply, they had two Outlaws wickets by the end of the fourth over. First to go was opener Chris Nash who was bowled in the third over by an inswinging Yorker from Olly Stone.  Without adding to the score, in the next over Rikki Wessels pulled Chris Woakes  to Adam Hose on the square leg boundary who took a low catch diving forward.

Tom Moores charged down the wicket to Harry Brookes, got an outside edge and the ball flew over the point boundary for a  six not where Moores intended it to go. As the runs flowed with great ease from Moores and Ross Taylor, Moores flicked Thompson off his leg to Ian  Bell on the square leg boundary.

Samit Patel smashed Thomoson straight back over his head to the boundary, for Thomoson it was a good job that he ducked. In the next over Samit Patel sliced his drive off Jeetan Patel to Jonathan Trott at backward point.

While Kiwi Taylor was at the wicket the Outlaws still had an outside but when he went uppercutting  Brookes to Stone on the third man boundary all hopes of an Outlaws victory were dashed in front of a big family crowd 14,500.

Outlaws skipper Steven Mullaney got too far under a pull off Brooke’s and found Thomoson on the mid wicket boundary.  A seventh partnership of 28 with Luke Fletcher was broken when Billy Root pulled Thompson into Patel’s midriff  at short mid wicket.

Fletcher’s long bat innings ended when he top edged a pull off Thomoson to Stone at short fine leg.  Three balls later Ball drove Thomoson to Patel at short cover.

At the interval it looked odds on an Outlaws victory but at least 22 year old Matthew Carter celebrated his birthday a day late as he took four wickets for 40 in his List A debut for Nottinghamshire Outlaws. Carter the brother  of Andrew Carter who plays for Northamptonshire and also played for Nottinghamshire from 2009 to 2015, always seems to do well on his debut, when he made his county championship debut against Somerset at Taunton in 2015 he took 7/56 the best figures  on debut for Nottinghamshire since 1914.

His skipper Mullaney had faith in him bringing him on in the first power play replacing Fletcher after Ed Pollock he greeted Fletcher’s appearance in the attack by hitting his first two balls for six which brought up the fifty partnership with Sam Hain.  He brought his own fifty which came from 22 balls when he squeezed Fletcher to the cover boundary. In Carter’s first over Mullaney made the brave decision to replace Fletcher with Carter inside the first 10 overs and he conceded only a single in his next he got his first in List A cricket on his debut when Pollock’s when he got too far under it and gave Ball an easy catch on the mid wicket boundary.   Carter got his second wicket 20 overs later when Hain went down the wicket to him and was stumped by a country mile.

Carter got his third wicket when Tim Ambrose tried to smash him over mid wicket but found Root.  They combined again in Carter’s next over when Hose two balls after reaching 50 tried to smear Carter over mid wicket but found Root.

Outlaws head coach Peter Moores said: “It was a great day for Matthew. He did a good job.  As well as his four wickets he nearly had a couple of great catches too go with them. I am very pleased for him and he has worked hard all week.  He should take a lot from it.

It’s a strong division, it was a game we needed to win but we’ve still got two games left here.”

After deciding to bat after winning the toss Warwickshire got off to the worst possible start losing opener Trott in the third over. He tried to slog sweep Samit Patel, who opened the bowling for the Outlaws, and was bowled. In the previous over from Jake Ball, Trott had a life when he was dropped by Carter at second slip.

The score that Warwickshire got in their 50 overs was well below par  considering that after 30 overs they were 180 for three and fifties from Pollock, Hain and Hose followed with knocks from Bell and Ambrose who both got out when they neared fifty.

Pollock took a liking to Ball lofting him over long on for a six and then hooking over square leg for another six.  Bell and Hain put on 103 without looking in any trouble  but the partnership was broken when Bell lofted Patel to Fletcher on the long on boundary.

Hose brought his fifty up when he turned Patel off his legs for a single, in the next over he smeared Mullaney through the covers for a boundary to bring up the fifty partnership with Ambrose and he brutally drove the next ball for a over cow corner.

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