Andrew Carter announced his arrival on the first team scene with a three wicket haul but couldn’t prevent Notts from slipping to a 34 run defeat at the hands of Essex.

Chasing 224, Samit Patel’s 58 off 70 balls kept the Outlaws in contention but his dismissal signalled the end of any realistic chance of victory with Notts adding just 18 runs for the final three wickets.

Essex wicket keeper James Foster capitalised on Notts’ errors, catching all of the top four and stumping Darren Pattinson. Paul Franks was left stranded on 23 but Matt Wood (7), Chris Read (3) and Kevin O’Brien (8) failed to reach double figures.

“Andrew Carter played exceptionally well and confirmed what Wayne Noon had told me about his work in the second team,” said Newell.

“We tried not to make a big fuss and to let him get on with things in his own way and he can be pleased with his performance.

“We let them score 25 runs too many in my opinion and Chris Read felt that we let things slip in the final four overs by letting individual mistakes creep in.

“No one made the sort of contribution that was needed to win the game and because we haven’t got someone at number eight who can do what ten Doeschate did for Essex, we need to find more runs from the top five.”

Carter conceded just 32 runs from his eight overs while Samit Patel clean bowled Flower and Foster to return 2-37.

But it was Holland international Ryan ten Doeschate inflicted the most damage on Notts. He scored 55 runs in a six over spell alongside Mervyn Westfield and finished unbeaten on 64.