Three wickets and an aggressive opening stand from Graeme Swann helped Notts Outlaws to a 19-run win over Middlesex at Lord’s.
Swann hit 7 fours on his way to 33 from 32 balls but after Will Jefferson was run out, Notts slipped from 57-1 to 96-5 before Chris Read and Bilal Shafayat restored stability with a 49-run partneship.
Paul Franks (13) and Mark Ealham (12) made quick runs late-on as Notts registered 180 all out having lost the toss and batted first.
Ealham had Owais Shah lbw for 12 and openers Andre Strauss and Ed Joyce were also restricted to low scores after falling to Andre Adams and Charlie Shreck.
“It was a scratchy batting performance but we bowled well and Andre Adams and Charlie Shreck gave us a particularly good start with the ball,” said Notts Director of Cricket Mick Newell.
“Batting got harder as the day went on and although there were no huge scores, there were a few important contributions
“This is an important win and if we can follow it up on Wednesday then we’re in a very good position.”
Samit Patel took 2-40 from his eight overs as relegation-haunted Middlesex registered 161 all out from 38.2 overs.
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