Notts suffer heavy defeat at Leicester
Featured News | 3rd June 2009
A one-man demolition act from Leicestershire Foxes all-rounder Jim Allenby consigned Notts Outlaws to their fourth Twenty20 Cup defeat as they slipped to the bottom of the North Division.
Pretty much everything went wrong for Notts from the point skipper Chris Read won the toss and chose to field, as Allenby and fellow opener Matthew Boyce put on 79 for the first wicket in quick time.
Boyce was then caught by Ali Brown off Samit Patel but Allenby simply stepped up the tempo and smashed eight sixes and seven fours before he was caught behind off for 110, having faced just 58 balls.
His dismissal near the close simply allowed Jacques du Toit to blitz 16 off five balls while James Taylor made an unbeaten 44, as Leicestershire posted a formidable 205-2 with only Patel going for less than 10 an over.
Knowing defeat would leave their hopes of a quarter-final place hanging by a thread, Notts got their innings off to yet another poor start with Will Jefferson, Alex Hales and Patel all falling to young left-arm seamer Harry Gurney inside the first six overs.
While the hosts had found the short boundaries at will, Notts only managed one six in the entire innings, hit by Adam Voges, who was promptly caught off the next ball.
In what proved to be a familiar pattern, every Notts batsman fell attempting a big shot only to be caught.
The end came midway through the 19th over, with Darren Pattinson last to fall, but the game - and any hope for the Outlaws had slipped away long before then.
Notts Director of Cricket Mick Newell said: “There weren’t any redeeming features to that game and it’s one we would like to forget as quickly as possible.
“Allenby played very well and deserves all the praise he will get. He hit the ball very cleanly and batted with confidence from the first ball.
“We’re going to need to win all five remaining matches now if we want to reach the quarter-finals. That would give us 12 points and it might give us a chance at the end of the group stages.”