Fixture News | 24th June 2007
Patel does it again
Samit Patel maintained his stunning 2007 form with a superb 84 not out to lead Notts Outlaws to their second victory in the Twenty20 Cup.
Lancashire Lightning 163-7 (Swann 2-22, Harris 2-29)
Notts Outlaws 167-4 (Patel 84*)
Notts won by six wickets
The 22-year-old again led the team through to finish off the match to follow up his unbeaten 55 against Derbyshire as Notts claimed another six-wicket win.
After more hard work from the Notts groundstaff to remove surface water from Trent Bridge enabled the game to start on time, captain Stephen Fleming won the toss and chose to field.
And disciplined bowling and good work in the field restricted the formidable Lancashire order to 163-7 from their 20 overs, with Graeme Swann's 2-22 the stand-out performance, helped by a terrific catch from Gareth Clough to dismiss Lightning top-scorer Gareth Cross.
AJ Harris also played his part by removing the dangerous openers Mal Loye and Sanath Jayasuriya cheaply, while Clough also picked up two wickets and Charlie Shreck one.
Although pinch-hitter Swann was removed in the second over, Patel and Fleming combined with 53 for the second wicket to get ahead of the asking rate.
And Patel also dominated the partnership with David Hussey (21) as he paced the innings to perfection, with Notts wrapping up victory with three balls to spare.
Patel faced only 57 balls in his knock, hitting seven fours and two sixes, while Will Jefferson hit two boundaries and a six to help ease the pressure.
The only blip on the day was Jefferson's hamstring injury, which forced him off the field for much of the Lancashire innings before batting with a runner.