Notts Collapse To Lightning Defeat

Notts Outlaws 91-178/7 Lancashire Lightning (T20 Blast North Group) 30.05.22

If Monday night was difficult in the rain in Nottingham then Tuesday got even worse, as after the abandonment with Northamptonshire, Lightning struck to inflict Outlaws defeat for the first time this season, the biggest competition loss by the Outlaws who posted their joint lowest ever score.

The visitors at Trent Bridge were put into bat and raced to 27 off the opening three overs before Phil Salt was caught by wicket-keeper Moores off Jake Ball but Liam Livingstone and Keaton Jennings steadied the Lancashire ship as they marched past fifty and through to the eighties with some confident powerful batting.

Livingstone eventually going for 30 off the bowling of Paterson as Jennings would eventually fall to the same arm for 55 after a quick fifteen from Tim David was ended by Samit Patel and the hands of Joe Clarke.

Notts dug in after the half way stage to slow down the scoring with Dane Villas notching 24 before falling to Fletcher, helped largely by Steven Croft with 22, Lancs eventually reaching 178 with seven wickets taken by the Outlaws attack, two each from Paterson, Fletcher and Ball.

In response, 178 was a big task to reach and it wasn’t helped by four early wickets as Joe Clarke went with the score on five, before Duckett, Patel and Mullaney, the latter two both for ducks, had Notts 11 for 4 with less than two overs played.

That failure to start big cost the home side dearly and there after it could only be one winner. Moores out for two as Hales who scrambled  alone to fifteen was the only batsmen in the opening six to reach double figures.

Christian (12) & Carter (14) gave hope before Luke Fletcher gave the fans something to cheer about with a 21 in vein, Notts eventually out for 91 with more than five overs remaining.

After the match, Coach Peter Moores stated “I have no complaints, they out batted, out bowled and out fielded us, it doesn’t happen to us much at Trent Bridge, so we just take it on the chin and move on”.

Notts are back in action on Friday as they travel the short trip down the A52 to neighbours Derbyshire where they’ll be hoping to lift themselves back up the T20 Blast table. The Outlaws now fifth following defeat, having played three matches, with one win, one defeat and one no result.

*Main image @TrentBridge a dejected Alex Hales couldn’t help Notts save defeat.

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