Fixture News | 4th June 2007
Fleming blasts Outlaws home
A blistering hundred from captain Stephen Fleming set up another convincing victory for Notts in the Friends Provident Trophy - and kept the Outlaws on course for a semi-final place.
Notts Outlaws 299-5 (Fleming 107, Wagh 81)
Leicestershire Foxes 275-7 (Clough 4-43)
Notts Outlaws won by 24 runs
The 34-year-old Kiwi scored 107 off 97 balls, including 10 fours and two sixes, to help his side post a commanding total of 299 from their 50 overs.
He put on 153 for the second wicket with Mark Wagh, who himself scored 81, setting the platform for the big hitters in the middle order to tuck in late on.
Leicestershire started quickly but found the mountain too steep to climb once all-rounder Gareth Clough removed opener John Maunders and Mark Ealham ran out HD Ackerman.
Clough finished with 4-43 and received plenty of plaudits from Director of Cricket Mick Newell, who said: “Cloughie was outstanding.
“He put in a tremendous effort with the ball and cut off Leicestershire’s good start with two of the first three wickets. Once they had gone, I never really felt we would lose the game from there.”
Newell was also impressed with the batting performance of his skipper, as the top three again scored heavily to build the foundation for a big total.
He added: “The confidence in the batsmen in all forms of cricket is fairly apparent at the moment. Our total was a very good one given the slow outfield, even though the pitch was fairly helpful to batsmen.
“Flem had a look and played himself in before attacking their spinners. He applied himself in the right way, as we’re always looking for one of the top three to bat for the majority of the innings.
“He scored at a good rate alongside Mark Wagh and that set everything up for us.”