Match Report | 10th August 2008
Somerset End Outlaws' Winning Streak
An accomplished batting cameo from Paul Franks went in vein as Notts Outlaws’ winning start in NatWest Pro40 was ended by Somerset.
Franks smashed 28 from the final over to finish with 34 from 16 balls but Omari Banks hit the winning runs from the penultimate ball to secure victory by three wickets for the home side.
Graeme Swann disrupted Somerset’s progress with 4-35 from eight overs but Somerset successfully chased down Notts’ total of 240.
“We were in control of the game with 15 overs to go but Somerset had a spurt and did enough to win the game,” said Notts Director of Cricket Mick Newell.
“We’ve had a disappointing week in that we didn’t win either game at Taunton but there were a lot of pleasing aspects and our lead at the top of the tables is intact.
“Will Jefferson, Mark Wagh and Adam Voges batted well and Graeme Swann was superb with the ball.”
Newell will make multiple changes to his team in the coming weeks with the arrival of Ashwell Prince and the departure of a host of players for England duty.
“Samit will be missing for a while because of the England Lions and One Day fixtures and Graeme Swann will be away as well so that will change the balance of the side,” said Newell.
“We’re losing a couple of all-rounders who we’ll have to replace with specialists but our targets and aspirations will remain the same.”
Chris Read was left out of the Notts side but should feature against Durham in this week’s LV County Championship fixture.