Notts Start Cup With Win

Nottinghamshire 290/7-225 Sussex (Royal London One Day Cup Group A) 02.08.22

Having thrashed the same opposition in the County Championship only a few days ago, Nottinghamshire easily overcame Sussex in the opening game of the Royal London One-Day Cup at Trent Bridge.

Electing to bat, the county started slowly and lost early wickets to be 38 for 3 after 11.4 overs. Matthew Montgomery and Lyndon James however then put on 79 in 14.5 overs before the latter was dismissed for 37 off 47 balls to give debutant Sean Hunt his second wicket.

After Dane Schadendorf was run out for 15, Liam Patterson-White again impressed for the county with a swift half-century. Montgomery went for a well-made 87 off 94 balls, his first half-century in the competition, despite only hitting four boundaries and a six as the total went past 200. He had put on 51 with Patterson-White in only 6.5 overs.

The real burst of runs came when Brett Hutton smashed three sixes in succession in a quick-fire 29 off 14 deliveries. Patterson-White ended the innings with an unbeaten career-best 62 off 46 balls, having reached 50 off just 37 balls. He plundered four fours and three sixes, and the pair had added 53 off 27 balls for the seventh wicket as Notts totalled 290-7 in their 50 overs.

From 186-5, the county had amassed 104 runs off the final ten overs. Harrison Ward got the visitors off to a fast start with five fours in a 17-ball 28, but lost their first three wickets in the space of ten runs including captain Cheteshwar Pujara for nine, as Dane Paterson picked up two wickets.

From 44-3, Sussex stumbled to 73-5 in the 19th over, before ‘keeper Tom Alsop and Danial Ibrahim gave them some hope with a stand of 85 in 13.4 overs. Alsop was then caught off Zak Chappell for a top score of 75 off 70 balls, before Hutton had Ibrahim caught for 40 off 48 balls with the total still below 200.

Seven down, Hutton went on to take his third wicket and Fateh Singh took the last two quickly as Sussex were bowled out for 225 in 44 overs to give Notts a comfortable victory by 65 runs. Hutton had four maidens in capturing 3 for 24 in nine overs, and Chappell, Paterson and Singh all took two wickets apiece in a fine all-round bowling effort.

Nottinghamshire are competing with eight other teams in Group A, which also saw victories for Warwickshire and Leicestershire yesterday. They next play Somerset tomorrow.

*Article provided by Hitesh Darji (Cricket Correspondent)

*Main image @TrentBridge Brett Hutton & Liam Patterson-White added much needed late runs.

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