Somerset 119-124/0 Nottinghamshire (Royal London One Day Cup Group A) 04.08.22
Well that was easy. Nottinghamshire made it two from two at Taunton today and in doing so needed just 35.4 overs to bowl out their hosts before easing to target inside twelve.
A stunning day in Somerset saw the home side skipper Ben Green win the toss and elect to bat, Notts having beaten Sussex in their first Royal London fifty over cup match of the season on Tuesday sitting, as early pace setters, perched top of the group, Somerset in their first match of the competition were looking for a positive start.
It wasn’t to be however, Matthew Renshaw caught brilliantly by third man Dane Paterson off the bowling of Zak Chappell, four for one last ball of the first over.
The hosts managed to scramble to double figures before Davies then nicked Hutton to first slip, Goldsworthy lasted less than an over, bowled Chappell, before Hildreth went for a duck.
Bartlett was next as Paterson got his first of three, Somerset 17/5 and the Notts pace attack ripping through the famous cheese & milk supplying county like butter.
A stand of 45 from James Rew and Ben Green restored some pride and safety towards some earlier unthinkable concerns of an all-time low score (25 v Gloucestershire in 1947), but when Liam Patterson-White clean bowled Green it was 62/6 and a simple case of knocking over the tale for Notts.
Aldridge lasted eight balls and three runs before being stumped by Schadendorf to LPW’s unplayable spin and when Rew went on 48, off the bowling of Hutton, that pretty much was that.
Former Outlaw, Peter Siddle put up a fight for the ninth wicket before he was undone by South African international Paterson on 14, Baker next to go to close the innings, straight bowled with Notts chasing target of 120 to win.
In response, Ben Slater and Sol Budinger were absolutely flawless, Slater reaching 50 off 46 balls with the Lord hitting a whopping 62 from 29. Notts roming home by all ten wickets and a good 38 overs to spare.
Next up our lads enjoy a few days off until next Wednesday when the Outlaws are back in the South West, to face Gloucestershire in Bristol for an 11am start at the Seat Unique Stadium.
*Main image @TrentBridge Brett Hutton & Liam Patterson-White added much needed late runs.