Rockets Go Top With Spirited Win

Trent Rockets men are top of the Hundred table after a thumping win against previous leaders London Spirit at Trent Bridge. The Rockets launched into attack after electing to field at Trent Bridge and despite a bright start by their opponents, gave a bowling display to be proud of, one which ripped through the Spirit of their visitors and left Trent with a chasable target which they achieved in just 79 balls.

Daniel Bell-Drummond was in good form for the Lords based side but Adam Rossington went for just two with 22 on the scorecard for the first wicket. Drummond eventually going for a handy 24 before Ben McDermott bumped up the score, the away side losing Lawrence to the bowling of Rashid at 51 for 3 from 38 balls.

Eoin Morgan alongside McDermott took that tally to 86 before the London skipper went for 27, what followed would be a collapse of six wickets lost 27 runs in just 22 balls.

Pollard went to Rashid Khan with the score on 95 after scoring nine, Thompson followed three balls later, bowled Rashid for his third of the match, the big scalp of McDermott followed on 30, caught by Luke Wood off Samit Patel, before Wood got his second wicket of the match ahead of Mark Wood being ran out by Daniel Sams, London losing their last wicket with seven balls remaining as Mason Crane went for a first ball duck straight bowled by Sam Cook.

In response, the Rockets lost the usually impeccable pairing of Hales and Malan, worryingly early, Malan run out without facing a ball, Hales for just six with Trent two down for 21, luckily though, the form of Colin Munro was sensational, the New Zealander smashing to 67 not out off 37 balls, ably partnered for most of his innings Tom Kohler-Cadmore who struck 41, by the time he was out caught Ellis off Mark Wood, the Rockets were 106 for 3 with just 16 needed from 32 balls. Tom Moores came in for six runs off six balls before being bowled by Dan Lawrence with Trent one short of their target, but Lewis Gregory stood tall to hit a first ball six and see the Rockets safely over the line with some more to play.

Two matches remain now for the Rockets who hit pole position in the standings.

The women earlier in the day beating London thanks to a 97 run second wicket stand by Bryony Smith and Nat Sciver. Smith top scoring in the match with 63 from 44 balls with Sciver smashing 42 from 34. Elyse Villani had earlier hit 24 from 20 as Trent reached 142 for 4 in their hundred balls.

London in response falling short by 18 runs, they scored 124 for 6 with two wickets for Nat Sciver amongst the pickings.

Finally, in the Royal London One Day Cup, Nottinghamshire beat Leicestershire by 105 runs (D&L method) in a game that was shortened due to rain. Haseeb Hameed hitting 99 with Matthew Montgomery reaching 58 to help Notts total 255/9 from 47 overs.

Leicestershire themselves bowled out for 154 in under 30 overs. It was a Brett Hutton masterclass, the hitman taking a first ever seven wicket haul in list A cricket, ending with fabulous figures of 7 for 26.

The win keeps Nottinghamshire in the mix for the knock out stages of the competition, for that to happen Notts could do with beating Surrey in their final group game at Welbeck on Tuesday whilst relying still on results elsewhere going in the green and golds favour.

*Main image @TrentBridge Rashid Khan in super form.

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