Lumb Finds Form
After Ball's Haul

Match Report | 4th June 2012

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Notts Outlaws got back to winning ways in the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition with a 5-wicket victory over Somerset at Trent Bridge.

Set a target of 206, the Outlaws completed their chase in the 37th over, with major contributions coming from Michael Lumb (65) and Riki Wessels (55).

The visitors had earlier scored 205-8 from their 40-over allocation after being put in to bat, with Peter Trego scoring 47 and both Darren Pattinson and Jake Ball picking up three wickets.

"Craig Kieswetter, who scored a century in this fixture last year, was undone by a stunning delivery from Ball that nipped back to flatten his off peg."

The Outlaws made two changes from the eleven that lost at Durham, 24 hours earlier, with Ball and Pattinson replacing Paul Franks and Andy Carter.

It was Pattinson who claimed the first wicket of the day as Nick Compton (7) edged through to Chris Read, after trying to give himself room to slash away on the off-side.

Trego was given a life on 2 when he pulled Harry Gurney to Pattinson at long leg but the difficult opportunity only barely carried and was put down at almost boot height.

Craig Kieswetter (24), who scored a century in this fixture last year, was undone by a stunning delivery from Ball that nipped back to flatten his off peg.

Ball, on his first outing of the season, struck again in his next over, clean-bowling James Hildreth (3), who was looking to work the ball down to third man.

In the 23rd over Trego hit Samit Patel away for the first six of the innings, a shot that brought the hundred up for Somerset.

That was the batsman’s last real act of aggression, however, as he fell shortly afterwards, trapped lbw for 47 by the returning Pattinson.

Patel claimed the next wicket to fall, bowling the dangerous Jos Buttler (29) as the Somerset man came dancing down the track, only to be beaten by a delivery that appeared to be pushed through a little quicker.

With half their side out for 122, the visitors needed a boost to the total and Craig Meschede helped his side in their objective by punching Steven Mullaney over extra cover for a maximum.

The same batsman cleared the ropes for a second time, at the start of the batting power-play overs, lifting Gurney back over his head towards the Radcliffe Road Stand to leave Somerset on 164-5 after 35 overs.

A wicket then fell after a disastrous mix-up which left Meschede (33) stranded as Alex Hales fired in a strong return to bowler Ball.

His partner Arul Suppiah lifted Gurney away for another maximum in the 37th over but Lewis Gregory (7) didn’t last long at the other end, falling to a good running catch by Read to give Ball his third scalp.

Pattinson also claimed three wickets, after having Suppiah (39) caught at long on by Mullaney from the final ball of the innings.

After conceding 310 runs, twenty four hours earlier, the bowling unit would have every reason to feel pleased with their efforts.

The Outlaws openers were quickly out of the blocks, adding 56 in 10 overs before the first wicket fell before Alex Hales (22) slapped a short-pitched delivery from Gregory was straight to Suppiah in the deep.

Michael Lumb’s fifty came from 47 balls, with 7 fours and was immediately followed by Riki Wessels hoisting Max Waller into the back row of the William Clarke Stand.

Trego had picked up a 5-wicket haul in the championship fixture on the ground in April but his return to Nottingham wasn’t as satisfying as Wessels then clubbed him over wide long on for another six.

Lumb’s fine knock ended on 65 when he tried to pull Meschede away for more big runs and a leading edge flew high to Waller in the covers.

Wessels carried the fight to the opposition and reached his own half century (50 balls 3x4 2x6) but added just five more before edging Thomas to ‘keeper Kieswetter.

Patel (16) and Taylor (12) both missed out on being there until the very end as both fell to Trego. Patel lofted down the ground to Hildreth and Taylor was trapped in the block-hole.

Adam Voges (15 not out) and Chris Read (14 not out) saw Notts over the finishing line with 20 deliveries remaining unbowled in the innings.

The Outlaws have now won two out of their four CB40 matches this season, whilst Somerset have now tasted defeat in all of their opening four Group B contests.

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