Fixture News | 6th September 2005

Mierkalns one for the future



Second XI Trophy Final
Notts 212-9 (Mierkalns 69, Patel 53)
Sussex 213-4 (Patel 3-36)

Sussex won by six wickets

The 19-year-old top-scored in the Second XI Trophy final but was unable to lead us to victory, as a late collapse in our innings gave Sussex a simple target to chase.

Said Noon: ?Josh is a promising player and I?ve got high hopes for him. He seems to be learning all the time and so far we have only got to tell him what to do once, which is a good sign.

?In both the final and the semi-final he made runs, which suggests he likes the big occasion.

?He played a very good knock but got out at just the wrong time, like the rest of the top four unfortunately. We needed 240 for a par score and were in a position to achieve that at 170-3 with 10 overs to go.

?We never got any momentum going except with the partnership between Josh and Samit Patel. Sussex then got off to a flier and although our spinners slowed them down, they had plenty of overs to spare.

?It?s disappointing to have got this close and then lose. But we won eight out of our 10 matches in the competition and everyone who played made a contribution.

?We?ve got one Championship match left for the season and I?ll probably put in a few trialists. All-in-all it?s been a pretty good year, with several individuals playing very well and progressing nicely.?

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