Featured News | 10th May 2009
Outlaws Clinch Top Spot With Royal Victory
Notts lead the way on two fronts after Mark Wagh scored his third half-century in four Friends Provident Trophy fixtures to set-up a four wicket win over Worcestershire Royals.
The Royals arrived at Trent Bridge having begun their campaign with three consecutive wins including a comfortable Duckworth-Lewis victory in the reverse fixture last week.
Seventh wicket pair Paul Franks (37) and Adam Voges (35) saw Notts home after a middle order stumble which saw Wagh, Patel, Jefferson and Read removed for just 22 runs added.
“We don’t like losing and this was an opportunity to make amends for last Monday and we went about it in the right way,” said Notts Director of Cricket Mick Newell.
“Restricting them to 209 is a good effort on any pitch and the key was removing Vikram Solanki and Steven Davies inside the first 15 overs because they are so important to Worcestershire.”
Andre Adams bowled out Solanki and number three Stephen Moore whilst Franks removed Davies for 21.
Ben Smith and Moeen Ali added 62 for the fourth wicket and Daryl Mitchell hit 59 off 55 balls to take the visitors past 200.
Outlaws opener Ali Brown was caught at point having contributed a single in his four-ball stand but Wagh laid solid foundations until Mitchell deflected Samit Patel’s drive on to the stumps to secure an opportunistic run out.
“Mark Wagh played very well and he’s the sort of person that wants to be involved all of the time so he’s took it upon himself to make improvements to the way he plays one day cricket,” said Newell.
“We left him out of the Twenty20 Cup last season but he has every chance of being involved this season because I think he could be the perfect foil for Ali Brown.
“Franskie has been batting well all season and if he chips in with wickets as well then he is a valuable player for us.”