Adam Voges hit 42 as Notts continued to set the pace in the Midlands Division of the Friends Provident Trophy with a comfortable win over Northants Steelbacks.

Samit Patel hit a huge six to the second tier of the Radcliffe Road Stand before being caught by David Sales and opener Will Jefferson weighed in with 36.

“We were looking forward to coming back to Trent Bridge because it felt like we had been away for such a long time and it’s great to kick-off with a home win,” said Notts Coach Wayne Noon.

“The bookies wrote us off at the start of the season but there is a quiet confidence in the squad and we believe that we can get the results.

“We fielded exceptionally well and it is really encouraging that squad players are stepping up to the plate and delivering performances.

“Mark Ealham has shown that he is still a quality player, Adam Voges saw us home, Darren Pattinson played well having had a week off and Graeme Swann is in great form.

“There is a lot of experience in the dressing room and it is a great environment to bring someone in like Luke Fletcher and let them bowl in tandem with Ealham.”

Northants opener Steven Peters hit 90 to help his side set a target of 189 before rain at the interval left Notts chasing a revised total of 143 from 30 overs.
Mark Ealham dismissed Peters having already seen off Rob White to record figures of 2-25 from 10 overs and Darren Pattinson continued his impressive start to the season with 3-39.

Mark Wagh was relieved to see fielder David Lucas miss the stumps as he ran a quick single on his first ball. Monty Panesar dived in vein as Wagh found his rhythmn with a four but he was caught lbw playing a sweep having scored 26.