Seconds Stumble In First
Match Report | 14th May 2014
Nottinghamshire's second team T20 campaign got off to a poor start against Lancashire when they were beaten in both of their first two matches.
In the first game, Lancashire won the toss decided to bowl, a decision that was vindicated early on as Notts fell to 7-3 within three overs.
It got even worse for Notts before the tenth over was completed as Matt Cross (22) and Sam Wood (11) to reduce the score to 33-5.
Liam Livingstone then got in on the wickets by taking the next three to put the away side in further trouble as the score limped to 71-8 in the 16th over.
However, Luke Fletcher (38*) and Adam Tillcock (50*) shared in an unbeaten partnership of 69 to post a respectable 140-8 off the 20 overs.
Early wickets were always going to be key and both Fletcher and Brett Hutton got one apiece in the first six overs to reduce the score to 34-2.
A fifty for Alex Davies ensured he kept Lancashire on track but then a flurry of wickets left the game in the balance going into the final overs.
Jordan Clark was out for five and Davies finally perished on 65 before the total had reached 100, Lancashire falling to 97-4 in the 13th.
Further quick wickets for Hutton, Adam Tillcock and a run out gave Notts a sniff of an unlikely defence of their small total as the game went into the last over.
The scores were level going into the final ball but a wide ensured Lancashire scraped home in the first game of the day.
The second game began as the first had started, Lancashire winning the toss but this time deciding to bat first.
Davies continued his good form from the first game as he and Andrea Agathangelou both reached fifty in the 10th over with the total reaching 104-0 in the process.
However, next over Davies was dismissed by Adam Tillcock for 51 before the spinner also accounted for Agathangelou for 66, wrestling Notts back into the game on 121-2.
It got even better for Notts and Tillcock as he had Clark stumped with the score on 129-3 and Notts having the moment going into the last five overs.
Livingstone (52*) and Rob Jones (25*) had other ideas though as they pushed Lancashire up to 200-3 at the end of the innings with Tillcoch finishing with figures of 3-32 off his four overs.
Notts needed a quick start but from the beginning of their reply they could never get anything going.
Cross (1) was out in the first over and despite reaching 39-2 in the 6th over, the chase unraveled quickly from there on in.
Adnan Ghaus was removed Sam Kelsall for 22 before striking twice in the 8th over to reduce Notts to 43-4.
Stephen Parry then got in on the act as he removed Sam Wood and Brett Hutton and Ghaus got his fourth victim to leave the score on 59-7.
Ghaus got his fifth when Tillcock (17) was caught by Agathangelou with the score on 71-8 and in the next over Luke Wood (0) was caught and bowled Parry without adding to the total.
The end was nigh and the last wicket followed soon after as Franks was dismissed for 0, the final score 72 all out with Lancashire winning by 128 runs. Adnan Ghaus finished with 5-26 off 4 overs.