Notts Fall Short In Grantham

Nottinghamshire 328-355 Middlesex (Royal London One Day Cup Group A) 11.08.22

A marvellous hundred from captain Haseeb Hameed in a match played at Grantham was not enough as Nottinghamshire slipped to their second consecutive defeat in the Royal London One-Day Cup against Middlesex.

After putting in the opposition, Notts took their first wicket when Brett Hutton had Mark Stoneman leg-before with the total on 35 in the fifth over. However, from there skipper Stephen Eskinazi and Sam Robson accumulated a partnership of 234 in 31 overs.

Robson went for 103 including 11 boundaries and one six when Hutton took his second wicket, and Eskinazi, who opened the innings, was fourth dismissed at 283 after a scintillating 135 off 104 deliveries with a barrage of boundaries – 18 fours and one six – his third successive limited-overs hundred.

Despite no other batsman getting past 20 after that, Middlesex eventually totalled a challenging 355 off 49.4 overs. Hutton took two wickets whilst James Hayes was the tidiest at 2-58 in his 10 overs. Dane Paterson also picked up two victims at a cost of 7.2 runs per over, and Zak Chappell captured 3-75.

Sol Budinger got off to his usual fast start with four fours and a six in his 25 off 14 balls, but he and Dane Schadendorf, who lasted just three balls, were both dismissed by Indian paceman Umesh Yadav. However, similar to the Middlesex innings, Ben Slater and Hameed put on a major partnership of 191 in just over 29 overs.

Slater reached a fifty off 59 balls, but when he fell for 90 (12 fours), Matthew Montgomery followed a ball later as Robson picked up two wickets in two balls. Lyndon James was dismissed for seven as the county fell to 237 for 5 in the 38th over.

Fateh Singh then came in and blasted three fours and a six off his first five balls as he collected 19 runs. He struck eight fours and a six as he reached a scintillating 45 before being dismissed off the 22nd ball he faced.

Hameed steadily got to a sterling century off 105 balls, but was caught behind for a valiant 114 off 118 balls with 38 still needed. The county were eventually bowled out for 328 to lose by 27 runs.

*Article provided by Hitesh Darji (Cricket Correspondent)

*Main image @TrentBridge a 114 by Haseeb Hameed couldn’t save Notts from defeat.

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