Report by Dave Bracegirdle
Notts Outlaws smashed the 400 barrier for the second time in the week as they defeated Warwickshire by 36 runs in their Royal London One-Day Cup tie at Trent Bridge.
After hitting 445 in Monday’s win over Northants, the home side were at it again with another colossal contribution after being put in, thanks in part to their openers putting on 178 for the first wicket.
"Jonathan Trott led the charge, playing a defiant, battling knock of 100"
Michael Lumb made 133 and Riki Wessels hit 76, scores that were then backed up by Greg Smith’s 73 and Dan Christian’s brutal 94 as the Outlaws realised 415 for five after being asked to bat first.
Rikki Clarke was the only frontline bowler to spare severe punishment, returning figures of two for 45 from his 10 overs. Clarke also sent down the only maiden, something not seen in the 99 overs of mayhem earlier in the week.
Wessels hit seven fours and two sixes in his run-a-ball effort, which ended when he tamely miscued Richard Jones to Clarke at mid off.
Lumb powered on and followed his 184 against the Steelbacks with an 88-ball century, comprising nine fours and three sixes. He was eventually bowled by Clarke, who swiftly delivered the same fate to Brendan Taylor.
Smith and Christian put on 141 together, with the Australian hitting the first two balls of the final over for six before lifting Oliver Hannon-Dalby into the hands of midwicket when looking to reach his century. His 94 came from only 47 balls with eight fours and six sixes.
Samit Patel applied the final flourish to the innings, with an unbeaten 17 from only five deliveries.
Having conceded their highest limited overs score, Warwickshire fought back bravely to post their own highest total against a first class county, before being bowled out in the final over for 379.
"Warwickshire’s defeat leaves them with just two points from three matches played"
Jonathan Trott led the charge, playing a defiant, battling knock of 100. The former England international scored his runs from 93 balls, with nine fours and two sixes and whilst he was at the crease with Ian Bell an unlikely upset seemed possible.
The pair put on 95 for the third wicket, with Bell making 60 – but Steven Mullaney removed them both on his way to taking three for 81.
Support for Trott and Bell came from Sam Hain, who followed the hundred he had made 24 hours earlier by hitting 69 and Tim Ambrose, who reached 50 in only 28 deliveries before falling for 73.
Harry Gurney had Ambrose caught at mid off and also dismissed Ateeq Javid and Jeetan Patel on his way to taking figures of three for 58, the best of the day.
Notts have now won both of their opening fixtures and are already handily situated to qualify out of the North Group, whilst Warwickshire’s defeat leaves them with just two points from three matches played.
Our next match
The Bears will be looking to bounce back in the Royal London One-Day Cup at Edgbaston vs Derbyshire. Tickets are £15 on the day and all under 16s ticket are FREE. We look forward to seeing you Wednesday 15th June at 2pm.