Nottinghamshire's Second XI fell to a 76-run to Lancashire in the Second XI Trophy Final at Welbeck CCC today.
After the visitors amassed 259-8 from their 40 overs, Notts lost wickets early, and posted a second innings score of 183 all out.
The visitors, resuming on 96-1 after rain put paid to yesterday's play after 17 overs, started brightly before Graeme White eventually accounted for opener Stephen Moore, stumped well by Cross. Sam Wood, who bowled an economical spell of 2-37 from his eight overs, saw off Croft, caught well by Kelsall and Azad held one from Cross to give Wood his second.
In between wickets, however, Lancashire hit a succession of big shots, including a number of sixes. A nervous final ten overs looked ominous for Notts, but the return of Jake Ball and Luke Wood saw three wickets fall in quick succession. Wood had Lilley caught behind by Cross, while Ball trapped the dangerous Clark, whose boundaries had taken him to 60, and clean bowled Bailey with the final ball of the innings.
Ball finished with 4-36, and Sam Wood with 2-37. Stephen Moore high-scored for the visitors with 85, with Croft (61) and Clark (60) also passing 50.
The Nottinghamshire reply stuttered early. Matt Cross fell for five, edging one down the leg side that keeper Gareth Cross had no right to catch. Sam Wood hit a quick-fire 14 before chopping onto his stumps and by the end of the seventh over Notts were 26-2.
Adam Tillcock fell for four, before Sam Kelsall, who had battled through to make 25 was caught behind off Ghaus in the 13th to leave Notts 55-4. Graeme White added some resistance, and showed signs of forming an effective partnership with Anuj Dal before he was bowled by Parry. Dal followed shortly after, caught behind off Clark.
Hassan Azad and Brett Hutton took Notts beyond the hundred mark before the former was caught on the boundary, leaving Hutton and new man George Bacon with a mountain to climb. They made an admirable effort, knocking together a 44-run partnership, which saw them pass 150 before Bacon was caught off Griffirths for 26. Jake Ball offered a glimpse of hope, lofting an enormous six, before Hutton was caught for 41. Three balls later Ball was bowled by Lilley to close the innings on 183.
With that wicket, Lancashire sealed victory by 76 runs and with it, became the first team to retain the Second XI Trophy.