Two Narrow Losses
Match Report | 18th June 2013
Nottinghamshire’s Second XI are still looking for their first t20 win of the season after two tight finishes against Durham.
In the first game, Durham won the toss and stuck the home side into bat first.
Notts proceeded to lose their first four wickets in quick succession, Jamie Harrison (3-22) picking up the majority of those to fall.
From there it was a difficult task to recover and just after the 10-over mark Notts found themselves on 48-6.
However, Brett Hutton (42) shared in a 37 run stand with New Zealand trialist Max O’Dowd as they boosted Notts up to a respectable score.
The home side posted a total of 123 all out, a vast improvement from where they were at the halfway mark.
Defending that total was always going to be hard but Durham were on the back foot early on when they were reduced to 33-4.
From there, a 93-run partnership between captain Usman Arshad (54*) and Alex Hickley (41) ushered Durham towards their target.
This ensured that the visitors never looked in any danger as they passed their target with five balls to spare, captain Hutton returning the best bowling figures of 2-11 from four overs.
In the second match, Durham again won the toss and asked Notts to bat with the game following a similar pattern.
Notts lost early wickets up front, Harrison (2-11) again chipping in and Keaton Jennings (3-25) being the pick of the bowlers.
That left the Notts score almost identical at the 10-over mark with Durham having reduced the home side to 47-5.
The innings was saved once again by a lower order contribution that of Alex Mellor with 54 as Notts posted 126-8.
Regular wickets fell in Durham’s reply but that could not halt their progress as they were always in touch with the required rate reaching 130-7 from the penultimate ball of the innings.
Captain Arshad continued his good form from the first game with 32 not out and the pick of the Notts bowlers was Adam Tillcock with 4-18.
Notts will be looking to pick up that elusive first win when they face England U19s on Thursday.