Notts contributed to a barnstorming runfest in Guildford as Surrey overcame the Outlaws by 33 runs on DLS Method in a rain-reduced Royal London Cup Fixture. 

Despite a miserly bowling performance from Brett Hutton, Surrey’s top order batsman Ryan Patel made the most of the batting friendly track and small boundaries, striking 121 from 70 deliveries while Jamie Smith added a 16-ball 50. 

In reply, fifties for Ben Slater and Joey Evison and quick-fire runs for Sol Budinger weren’t enough to get the visitors over the line despite the 3000-strong support being treated to a batting frenzy. 

Only eight overs were possible at Woodbridge Road before the sides were forced off for a spell of rain, albeit that proved ample time for Hutton to have Hashim Amla caught down the leg side for 14, bringing Patel together with Mark Stoneman.

After a near three hour break, the Green and Golds reemerged to a 30 overs-a-side game, with the hosts on 29 for one, and Surrey’s Patel showed intent from the off, blistering four sixes off Matthew Montgomery’s fourth over to bring up his half-century from 39 deliveries.

19 deliveries later, he had his century, brought up with a single into the leg side after consecutive sixes over straight and wide long on respectively. 

Wickets fell soon after, though. Stoneman was the first to go for 43 when Hutton’s pinpoint yorker struck the opener’s foot in front of the stumps, and Notts thought they had a second an over later when Liam Patterson-White had Tim David given out lbw, but the Singaporean was called back when the umpires noted six fielders outside the circle.

Eight balls later he was gone, however, caught by Joey Evison on the square-leg boundary to give Dane Paterson his first List A wicket in Green and Gold, but Patel continued to pepper the boundaries while others fell around him, and Surrey breezed past 200 in the 24th over. 

He fell in the 25th over, when Evison claimed his second catch of the match, this time Patterson-White the beneficiary. The aggression failed to relent, though, and Smith picked up where 23-year-old Patel left off, blistering six sixes on his way to a 16-ball fifty. 

His barrage was stopped by Evison, when the 19-year-old bowled the right-hander in the penultimate over, and Atkinson was the last to depart in the 30th over, the 311 total revised to 300.

Budinger looked in menacing form as Notts began their reply, and struck 26 of the 30 runs scored off the third over, before he and Ben Slater brought up the fifty partnership five balls later. 

It took Budinger just 21 balls to reach his 45 before he miscued a pull shot off Gus Atkinson to Connor McKerr at point, and Notts looked in danger when Trego fell to his second ball, caught by Smith as McKerr turned wicket taker. Their misfortune was only compounded when Hameed’s lofted square drive was well caught by Patel running in from the boundary in the ninth over.

Matthew Montgomery and Slater steadied the ship for the visitors, and the latter brought up his fifty from 38 deliveries, yet again showing his List A pedigree. 

Montgomery, meanwhile, displayed his finesse and power hitting with boundaries around the ground, amassing 29 before he guided Matt Dunn to Moriarty at short third man, and he was joined in the Pavilion by Liam Patterson-White five balls later when the all-rounder’s leading edge found Geddes at cover.

When Slater fell for 69 in the 20th over, the writing was on the wall for Notts with the required run rate climbing rapidly.

There was still, however, time for Evison and Dane Schadendorf to combine in a swashbuckling partnership of 80, the former reaching his fifty in 37 deliveries before he was caught off the bowling of Moriarty.

Schadendorf, meanwhile, showed both power and ingenuity in equal measure to finish unbeaten on 44, as Notts reached 266 for seven.

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