Fixture News | 27th August 2007

Swann-song for season at Trent Bridge

Graeme Swann pushed his case for an England tour this winter with a scintillating all-round performance as Notts Outlaws thrashed Gloucestershire Gladiators.

NatWest Pro40 League Division One
Notts Outlaws 270-6 (Wagh 65, Swann 59, Jefferson 50, Read 46*)
Gloucestershire Gladiators 154 (Swann 5-17)

Notts Outlaws won by 116 runs

Swann shared an opening partnership of 111 from the first 12 overs with Will Jefferson as Notts got off to a flying start, and the hosts never lost control of the match from there.

The 28-year-old smashed nine fours in his 33-ball innings, while Jefferson also made a rapid 50 from 45 deliveries faced.

Mark Wagh contributed an under-stated 65 from 74 balls before retiring hurt, with Chris Read cracking 46 not out from 30 balls to complete an imposing innings total of 270-6.

And once dangermen Craig Spearman and Hamish Marshall were dismissed inside the first three overs by Andre Adams and Charlie Shreck, the stage was set for Swann to claim a career-best 5-17 in front of the Sky cameras as the Gladiators were swept away.

He said: "I do enjoy it when the television cameras turn up. Mick Newell told me before the game that I should really make it count.

"I've got that licence to go and be positive at the top of the order with the bat, and given the injuries to our seamers I knew I had an important role to play as a bowler.

"I got lucky with my first wicket when Alex Gidman played on, and everything went my way from there."

Asked about his England aspirations, he added: "I would love to be on the plane to Sri Lanka this winter.

"I've had a good season. The ball has been coming out well and I've been scoring some runs. Fingers crossed, I can produce a few more performances like this before the end of the summer and give the selectors another nudge."

The performance ensured the 3,910 Notts supporters went home happy in what was the last home match of the season before redevelopment work begins on the new stand on the Bridgford Road side of the ground.

And the convincing win means that the Outlaws have gone second in Division One, although they have played a game more than leaders Worcestershire, with several of the chasing pack also having a game in hand.

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