Dan Christian, Samit Patel and Matthew Carter made their return to Nottinghamshire colours as part of a Second XI line-up facing Yorkshire in a T20 double-header at Grantham.
Christian made his first appearance since his return as the Outlaws’ Vitality Blast skipper was confirmed, while Carter and Patel took two wickets apiece across the two fixtures.
It was a comparatively inexperienced attack which took to the field in the first match of the day, with Carter leading a bowling unit which also featured Tom Barber, Toby Pettman, Joey Evison and Calvin Harrison.
There were wickets for all five as Yorkshire reached 114/9 from their 20 overs, with Harrison bowling Matthew Waite (16) and James Wharton (7) before triggering a smart legside stumping from Dane Schadendorf to remove Tom Loten (3).
Harrison also brought about the downfall of opener Matt Revis, run out for eight, shortly after Carter pinned wicketkeeper Ben Birkhead for 11.
Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals, Pettman inducing a mistimed clip into the leg-side from George Hill (0), Mathew Pillans (7) holing out to Peter Trego off Tom Barber and Dom Leech being undone by a Joey Evison yorker (2).
Top-scorer Will Fraine (21) was last to fall, becoming Evison’s second victim of the day.
In reply, Notts lost Sol Budinger and Joey Evison early, both removed by Waite for 2.
Evison’s departure brought Schadendorf to the crease for an enterprising 22 from 16 deliveries before being run out by Pillans.
It would then be left to Jack Shutt and Josh Poysden to account for the Notts middle order, both taking three wickets as the hosts were dismissed for 71, leaving Yorkshire victorious by 43 runs.
Game two saw Peter Trego make a brutal top-order cameo, smashing 24 from ten deliveries before being removed by Waite.
Further contributions came from Christian (11), Evison (12) and Schadendorf (15), with 2020 Academy Player of the Season Sam King hitting an unbeaten 17 at number eight.
Notts’ closed on 110/8 from their 20 overs, and Carter would once again strike early in the visitors’ innings bowling Birkhead for 1.
Revis compiled a fluent 26 before he was bowled by Patel, while Barber and Trego would account for Hill and Waite respectively.
Trego’s second scalp came when he bowled Wharton behind his legs for a duck, while Fraine hit Patel into the leg side to fall for 13.
However, Waite and Hill’s contributions (23 and 18 respectively) had left Yorkshire in a strong position, and despite Josh Sullivan’s late rush of blood off Tom Barber resulting in his departure for 7, the White Rose county were able to keep their final three wickets intact and complete the chase inside the final over.
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