Peter Moores admitted that his Nottinghamshire side were well beaten in their latest Specsavers County Championship match, as Hampshire ran out victors by 244 runs on the Isle of Wight.
The defeat followed on from last week’s three-day loss against Essex, with the players travelling straight to the island from Chelmsford.
“It’s not the trip we would have wanted,” reflected the Head Coach.
“There’s no hiding place from it, we’ve been well beaten.
“If I’m honest I think we wanted to get stuck in and we did get stuck in but we were beaten by a better side.”
Notts were bowled out for 195 on the final day, with Chris Nash making 60. No-one else, apart from Steven Mullaney with his first innings hundred, passed 50 for the visitors.
“Batting has been a real issue for us all year,” said Moores. “The reality of it is, is that we are a new team. Whichever way you want to perm it we have got young players and they are still finding themselves but we have to find ourselves fast.
“That’s the reality of where we are at as a group, batting-wise. The first game (against Yorkshire) we played well, after that we haven’t batted well as a unit and that makes staying in and affecting a game very difficult.”
The Head Coach said it is all about the basics of the game.
“Keep it simple. Our game is about watching the ball and playing it. Sometimes it doesn’t always run for you.
“A couple of the lads will look back and say that it’s not quite happening for me. The key is to keep things simple and keep hungry, so that when you get your chance you can take it.
“I thought Steven Mullaney showed that. He had a couple of chances in the first innings but cashed in. We’ve got to keep doing that.”
Notts now have a short break before the next fixture, away against Warwickshire.
“We’ve got a massive game coming up in 10 days time,” he said.
“We can have a bit of a break and then come back ready to go.
“The positive you can take is that we have got a lot of cricket coming up in the next 6-7 weeks, so there will be plenty of opportunities there for people to put things right.”
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