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Outlaws Trounce Somerset To Book Final Berth

Jake Ball took four wickets as Nottinghamshire's seamers enjoyed conditions at Trent Bridge.
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Nottinghamshire 122-2 (Lumb 46) beat
Somerset 119 (Ball 4-25) by 8 wickets
Second Yorkshire Bank 40 Semi-Final, Trent Bridge

Nottinghamshire’s seamers made the most of some good bowling conditions and some poor Somerset batting to ease their side into the Yorkshire Bank 40 final, where they will play Glamorgan at Lord’s on 21st September.

After some early rain had reduced the match to 35 overs aside, it was the home side who won the toss and inserted the Ciderman. Harry Gurney (1-11) immediately struck, removing captain and talisman Marcus Trescothick in his opening over and they never really recovered.

Craig Kieswetter - tipped by many to be appointed Somerset captain for next season - looked like he had his sights set on a total of over 250 and whacked a couple of sixes before being extracted by Ajmal Shahzad (2-23). Somerset’s batsmen, in general, were perhaps guilty of over-ambition, instead of settling for a score of around 200, which would at least have given them a chance on a pitch that offered enough encouragement for the seam-bowlers.

Peter Trego top-scored with 40, but became the second of Steven Mullaney’s three victims to make it 91 for five in the 19th over. Jake Ball then returned then best figures of his relatively short career by wrapping up the tail en route to four for 25. He dismissed Alfonso Thomas and Jamie Overton with consecutive deliveries shortly after having Piyush Chawla caught behind.

The total of 119 was never going to be enough against a powerful Notts batting line-up, even after Steve Kirby had trapped Alex Hales on the crease in his opening over. Michael Lumb and Samit Patel both played eye-catching innings and dominated partnerships with James Taylor.

Lumb plundered 10 boundaries and was only removed after the belated introduction of Jamie Overton. With a small total to defend, it would surely have been prudent for Somerset to open the bowling with Overton - who was given special permission to play in this match by the England hierarchy - but by the time he came on the game was as good as over with the score on 54 for one.

Patel then played some delightful strokes - including a back-foot punch over the off-side - to end on 43 off only 26 balls and certainly backed up his words from earlier in the week with a performance on the pitch. Taylor, meanwhile, was content to play second fiddle and, deprived of the strike, finished up on 20 off 28 balls as the Outlaws won with 112 balls to spare.

Wednesday’s round 18 LV= County Championship Fixtures:
(previews to follow tomorrow)
Division One:
Derbyshire v Durham at Derby
Middlesex v Nottinghamshire at Lord’s
Somerset v Surrey at Taunton
Sussex v Yorkshire at Hove
Division Two:
Kent v Essex at Canterbury
Lancashire v Leicestershire at Old Trafford
Worcestershire v Hampshire at New Road

County Cricket News In Brief:
Gautam Gambhir will return to the Essex squad for Wednesday’s LV= County Championship game against Kent after missing the win over Worcestershire because he had to return to India due to a family bereavement.

Durham have been crowned winners of the over 50s County Championship for the first time in the competition’s 29-year history. They beat Essex in the final at Kibworth CC yesterday.

Durham batsman Dale Benkenstein, who has missed much of this season through injury, could be set to leave the county at the end of the year according to The Northern Echo. Benkenstein, seen at one time as a possible successor to Geoff Cook as head coach at the club, has accepted a position as batting consultant to South Africa’s Dolphins franchise and may become part of the cull of senior players that Durham have undertaken as they aim to decrease their wage bill. Callum Thorp may also leave, while Gareth Breese and Gordon Muchall have been offered one-day contracts.

Middlesex left-arm seam-bowler Gurjit Sandhu has signed a two-year contract extension with the club.

Former Surrey Director of Cricket Chris Adams has told The Argus that he has had informal talks about returning to his old club Sussex in a coaching capacity alongside current head coach Mark Robinson. Adams led Sussex to the County Championship title three times during his tenure as captain of the south coast club.

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