Fixture News | 30th August 2005

Patel keeps his eye on the ball

Northamptonshire Steelbacks v Notts Outlaws
Outlaws 207 (Read 45, Patel 44)
Steelbacks 208-6 (Younis Khan 3-31)

Northamptonshire Steelbacks won by four wickets

The all-rounder is focusing on helping us win our last three games of the season and believes this will still be enough to move clear of the drop zone.

He said: ?Winning the last three games will put us on 30 points and that will put us there or thereabouts with a few others.

?We have to concentrate on winning those three and not worry about what other teams are doing.?

Despite a fighting effort from Patel, Younis Khan and Chris Read with the bat, our total of 207 was not enough to hold off the Steelbacks run chase.

The 19-year-old was also in good form with the ball but the hosts recovered from a mid-innings wobble to win.

Patel added: ?The wicket was pretty difficult to bat on and after losing three wickets in the first 10 overs, Younis Khan and I had to consolidate and tighten up our shots.

?The innings never really got going but we stuck in there with the ball and Graeme Swann, Younis Khan and I did a good job to take the pace off and mixed it up.

?It wasn?t quite enough but we?re still confident we can do the job and with some good support against Gloucestershire next week, we can get the first of those three wins.?

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