Nottinghamshire captain Chris Read was left disappointed by the four-wicket defeat at the hands of the Outlaws after a thrilling encounter at Trent Bridge.

The Outlaws posted 297 thanks to a century from Alex Hales but Paul Collingwood, Graham Clark and Cameron Steel all struck fifties as Durham knocked their target off six down with five balls left.

“It’s disappointing, we gained some good momentum with the three wins on the bounce,” he said.

“I think for the majority of that game we did the everything right.

“We obviously dropped some catches, missed some chances but up until the last few overs I felt very much that we were in control and we had a good chance of winning the game.

“They probably felt they were only one big over away from winning it and that’s the how it went, it comes down to such small margins.”

Reflecting on the batting performances of both Alex Hales and Billy Root, who made 104 and 66 respectively, Read had nothing but good words to say.

“Alex has been in terrific form of late,” he said.

“He struck the ball very nicely at Derby and he took that into the series against Ireland with two good scores there and then to get a hundred on his home patch, I thought he played very well and paced his innings nicely.

“Rooty has been fantastic, he’s been a real good find for us in this format.

“Its great that he got an opportunity almost because we needed to balance the side with with his off spin but he’s certainly taken that chance and he’s batted superbly throughout he competition.”

Looking forward to Sunday’s game with Lancashire, the captain is already aware of which areas of the game need addressing.

“I don’t think it’s about changing things [for the Lancashire game] it’s about doing our basics right we missed a couple of chances so we need to work hard on that and address that,” he said.

“We need to continue to push our fielding but we’ve got a few games left and now we need to win them.”


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