Second Eleven Are
Trophy Champions

Match Report | 13th September 2011

Second Eleven Trophy Final at Liverpool CC
Lancashire 192 (40 overs) lost to Nottinghamshire 193-6 (39.5overs) by 4 wickets
 
The Second Eleven finished their season with a tense finish which ended with them lifting the Second Eleven Trophy for the first time since 1991.
 
Chasing 193 to win Notts were given a sound start by Neil Edwards and Tom Rowe adding 32 in the first eight overs before Rowe mistimed a drive to be caught by Parry at mid on for 15.
 
The pitch lacked pace, all the batsman found boundary hitting difficult although Edwards was to hit three sixes, the last of which took him to 49. In attempting a second successive six he was well caught by Luke Perry on the long off boundary.
 
This was in an attempt to lift the scoring rate which had been contained by both Nick Caunce and spinner Stephen Parry, the score being 80-3 from 22.3 overs when Edwards was dismissed.
 
There then followed a crucial stand of 63 in 12 overs between skipper Scott Elstone and Sam Kelsall.
 
Taking singles when they could they kept up with the required run rate  but lost Kelsall for 34 cutting to backward point in the second over of the batting power play in the 34th over.
 
Jake Ball was promoted to take advantage of the reduced fielders outside the circle, he hit a boundary but then fell to the catch of the day on the midwicket boundary by Andrea Agathagelou diving to his left to catch the ball inches of the floor preventing not only a certain four for Notts but reducing them to 174-5 with 12 balls remaining.
 
When Ben Phillips drove straight to long off with nine balls and fifteen runs needed the result was in the balance.
 
Scott Elstone then showed his ability in one daycricket scoring 13 runs from his next five balls, a leg bye with three balls left tied the scores, Ollie Swann was then hit on the pads and from the resultant leg bye, Notts were home with one ball to spare.
 
Praise cannot be high enough for Elstone as he guided Notts home with a run a ball 69 which contained only four boundaries.
 
On winning the toss Notts asked Lancashire to bat with a gale force wind blowing in from the Mersey.
 
Ben Phillips bowled into the wind gave Notts a perfect start by clean bowling Agathagelou first ball, he then went on to have Luis Reece mis-time a drive to be caught by Brett Hutton at mid on. When Jordan Clark was bowled by Jake Ball the home side were struggling at 20-3 in the sixth over.
 
Further Notts progress was halted by skipper Steven Parry and Luke Perry who added 120 for the 4th wicket.
 
Martin Weightman claimed both their wickets in successive overs Perry for 73 smartly stumped by Sam Kelsall then bowling Parry for 55 leaving the home side on 147-5.
 
Two run outs both through the efforts of Brett Hutton and a further victim for Weightman took Lancashire to 171-8 with three overs remaining.
 
Elstone who had bowled economically kept himself on and bowled two off the final overs to finish with 1-28 from seven claiming his wicket off the last ball of the innings having Cheetham caught at cover off a skier.
 
Martin Weightman finished with 3-51 from his eight overs.

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