Fixture News | 18th July 2007

Notts go out of Twenty20 Cup

Notts saw their Twenty20 Cup campaign end at the quarter-final stage as they were downed by Kent Spitfires in the quarter-final at Trent Bridge.

Notts Outlaws 138 (Fleming 49, Swann 30, Read 26)
Kent Spitfires 139-1

Kent Spitfires won by nine wickets

After postponing the game by 24 hours due to a soaked outfield, the match was able to start on time with Notts skipper Stephen Fleming electing to bat after winning the toss.

And the Kiwi ensured the hosts got off to a flying start with a sparkling 49 off 28 balls, including seven fours and a six, as he and Graeme Swann put on 77 without loss in the first eight overs.

But on a slow, turning wicket, the wheels came off the Notts innings from the moment Fleming was bowled by Simon Cook, with four more wickets falling in the next five overs.

Chris Read was the only other batsman to reach double figures as the middle order all perished looking for a big shot against Kent's phalanx of spin and medium-pacers.

Faced with a small target of 139 to win, Kent openers Joe Denly and Rob Key did not have to take significant risks despite some tight overs from Graeme Swann and Rob Ferley in the middle overs.

Key eventually swept Swann to Samit Patel at square leg but it was only thanks to a brilliant 19th over from Mark Ealham - who conceded just two runs with 11 needed to win - that any pressure was created.

Denly eventually saw the visitors home with a ball to spare but the margin of wickets reflected the true nature of their win.

Notts Director of Cricket Mick Newell was bitterly disappointed and said: "Apart from the first eight overs and Ealham's over at the end, we didn't give the fans much to get excited about.

"We made a lot of mistakes in the middle of our innings and they cost us the match. We knew what to expect from the pitch and simply didn't apply the right tactics against their slow bowlers.

"It was always going to be easier to score up front and our start was better than I could have hoped. From there we were hoping for a score around 160 or 170 and ended up well short.

"People will always get out playing attacking shots in this competition but we should have worked out that we needed to look for ones and twos, rather than trying to keep going at the same rate."

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