Newell: "Somerset's
six-hitting the difference."

Featured News | 8th August 2011

Mick Newell put Notts Outlaws' disappointing quarter-final exit from this summer's t20 competition at the hands of Somerset down to the difference in power-hitting.

The hosts were beaten by six wickets at Trent Bridge in front of 12,070 spectators as the visitors overhauled a total of 169-5 with five balls to spare.

It was the first time Notts have lost a t20 game on home soil in 2011 and it cost them a place at Finals Day at Edgbaston later this month.

The Outlaws hit 11 boundaries and five sixes during their innings, while Somerset struck a far superior 16 and eight respectively, with Kieron Pollard, Jos Buttler and Craig Kieswetter to the fore.

Director of cricket Newell felt that proved decisive in the final reckoning.

"Somerset's ability to hit sixes in the last five or six overs was just a bit too much for us," he said.

"It just looked like they had something in reserve.

"Pollard hit one out of the ground and then blocked the next ball.

"We didn't have that ability from the 12th or 13th over to clear the ropes or hit boundaries consistently and I think that has cost us.

"You feel on these pitches that if you get 180 you have a good chance of defending it, so 170 was a little bit low.

"We got Trescothick out early, which was a well-executed plan, and you think you are in the game, but they out-hit us in the end."

Notts fielded just one overseas player in skipper Adam Voges and Newell believes the presence of Aussie overseas star David Hussey, who played in early-season games, might have changed the complexion of the game.

He said: "We obviously missed Huss a lot. The ability to score at more than a run a ball was something we missed in the middle of our innings.

"Our strike rates through the middle overs was not high enough.

"When we signed Huss we expected him to be here for the summer and then we got Tamim in and he disappeared. It's difficult to get these players in for a whole season.

"Somerset have got the resources to get Pollard in and out for various games and that made a huge difference in this match."

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