Patel, Mullaney centuries power Nottinghamshire to final of Royal London One-Day Cup

Samit Patel (left) scored a century and picked two wickets
Samit Patel (left) scored a century and picked two wickets

Nottinghamshire 373-5 (Patel 122) beat
Essex 370-5 (Cook 133) by five wickets
Semi-final, Royal London One-Day Cup, Chelmsford

Blistering centuries from Samit Patel and Steven Mullaney proved decisive as Nottinghamshire chased down 371 runs against Essex in 49.3 overs with five wickets in hand in Chelmsford to reach the final of the Royal London One-Day Cup.

Earlier, Essex opted to bat first on winning the toss. Alastair Cook (133) looked at his aggressive best and added a 87 run opening stand with Varun Chopra (23). Mullaney (1-50) provided the breakthrough when he dismissed Chopra but Tom Westley (33) continued from where the openers left.

Even though, Cook completed a fine century, a double strike from Patel (2-51) and Stuart Broad (2-56) allowed Nottinghamshire to make a brief comeback but a masterful century from Ryan ten Doeschate (102 not out) that came off just 66 deliveries, ensured Essex reached a massive 370 for five in their 50 overs.

In response, a triple strike from Jamie Porter (3-56), removed Michael Lumb (11), Alex Hales (39) and Riki Wessels (23) in the first powerplay.

This is when Patel (122 not out) stuck a solid partnership of 100 runs with Brendan Taylor (62) with the latter's strike-rate came at close to 135. Even though, Porter effected a run out to send Taylor back, Mullaney (111) and Patel added 185 runs off just 142 balls to take them close to a win.

With six runs needed off final nine deliveries, Mullaney nicked a Neil Wagner (1-71) delivery behind the stumps but Patel ensured Nottinghamshire crossed the line with three deliveries and five wickets in hand.

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