Nottinghamshire overcome Somerset challenge to make it to finals day

Samit Patel came up with a terrific all-round performance
Samit Patel came up with a terrific all-round performance

Nottinghamshire 152-5 (Patel 45) beat
Somerset 151-6 (Davies 59) by five wickets
3rd Quarter-Final, Natwest T20 Blast, Trent Bridge

Samit Patel picked two wickets and scored 45 runs as well to help Nottinghamshire complete a five wicket victory against Somerset in the third quarter-final of the Natwest T20 Blast at Trent Bridge.

Nottinghamshire won the toss and opted to bowl first. After conceding 17 runs in the first two overs, Jake Ball (2-21) dented Somerset's momentum completely with a brilliant maiden two wicket third over that saw Lewis Greogry (3) and Johann Myburgh (0) dismissed off successive deliveries.

At the end of the poweplay, Somerset were 37 for two. Steven Davies (59) along with Peter Trego (40) tried to resurrect the innings as they scored three sixes and two boundaries combined in the next four overs to take the tally to 76 for two at halfway mark.

However, Patel (2-26) once again applied brake in the scoring rate as Nottinghamshire picked four wickets in a span of 16 runs to restrict Somerset to 118 for six before Roelof van der Merwe (27 not out) played an useful knock to lift the score to 151 for six in the 20 overs.

In the chase, Riki Wessels (1) fell early while Alex Hales (14) was controversially caught by Peter Trego and with no conclusive replays, the third umpire went with the soft signal of out.

The home side were put in a spot of bother with a score of 66 for four before Patel (45) along with Daniel Christian (36 not out) and Steven Mullaney (20 not out) managed to help them achieve the target in 18.3 overs with five wickets in hand.

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