Nottinghamshire beat Warwickshire by 86 runs in their first round Group B Royal London One Day Cup match at Edgbaston yesterday and it was Haseeb Hameed with a maiden 50 over hundred who was the Outlaws star of the show.
Deflated by the simultaneous running Hundred competition which has stolen all cricket’s best assets, the one day white ball team was forced to go with youth in Birmingham but by golly did they do well… Warwickshire who also had a trimmed side due to the likes of Chris Woakes, Adam Hose and Henry Brookes amongst others unavailable, struggled to break the opening partnership of Ben Slater and Sol Budinger who raced the Notts score to fifty from just seven overs.
Budinger eventually went for 29 off the bowling of Yates caught by ex-Notts legend Ryan Sidebottom.
Then went Notts skipper Peter Trego who lasted just eleven balls for six runs before Hameed re-acquainted with his preferred County Championship opening partner Slater, was able to help kick on a hundred run partnership which lasted until Ethan Brookes took the wicket of the Chesterfield Churner for 86 runs.
Hameed was then joined at the crease by new signing Matthew Montgomery who had impressed in the ‘A team’ having played previously as skipper for the South African U19’s.
The 21-year-old scored a quick and impressive 35 from 32 balls before being stumped off the spinner Bethell, Lyndon James was shortly after run out for just nine and Hameed followed for 103, bowled by captain Will Rhodes, Notts then lost the quick wickets of Liam Patterson-White (2), Joey Evison (17), Dane Schadendorf (16) and Brett Hutton (9) as they eventually made 323 with two balls spare.
In reply, Warwickshire got off to a really good start as Ed Pollock and Rob Yates took on the Notts new ball attack before Lyndon James took the wicket of Pollock for 16 with the home side 62/1.
Yates continued in fine form with Will Rhodes helping along, the captain eventually going for 39 caught Slater bowled Evison with Warwickshire 142/2 off little under 26 overs.
Burgess came in and scored eleven before Liam Patterson-White took his first of three wickets, Yates was next, a big scalp having just reached his ton, 103 from 105 balls bowled magnificently by Joey Evison for wicket number two.
That led to the home sides downfall and despite a fightback from Bethell and Lamb with a partnership of 45, the wicket of Jacob Bethell (c Hameed b James) followed shortly after by Lamb (c Hutton b Patterson-White) severely dented any run chase hopes of the home side and Notts were able to finish the job off by skittling Warwickshire out, the last six wickets coming off the loss of just eleven runs and less than three overs played.
A winning start and an impressive all round performance with both bat and ball, next up for Notts is a trip to Surrey on Tuesday before the visit of Somerset to the idyllic Welbeck College on Friday.
*Main image @TrentBridge Edgbaston pre-match was an overcast affair.