Somerset through to Lord’s Final after beating Notts Outlaws by 115 runs in Royal London One-Day Cup
Somerset are through to the final of the Royal London One-Day Cup after defeating Notts Outlaws by 115 runs in their semi-final at Trent Bridge.
Somerset 337 (Tom Banton 59, Azhar Ali 72, Peter Trego 73; Jake Ball 4-62)
Nottinghamshire 222 (Ben Slater 58, Alex Hales 54, Luke Fletcher 43; Roelof van der Merwe 3-29, Craig Overton 2-44, Josh Davey 2-56)
Result - Somerset won by 115 runs
The visitors followed up their crushing victory over Worcestershire Rapids 48 hours earlier, by delivering a strong, all-round performance to go through to the Lord’s showpiece occasion on 25 May.
Peter Trego top-scored with 73, as the visitors totalled 337 all out after being asked to bat first. Azhar Ali scored 72 and Tom Banton hit a brisk 59, with Jake Ball taking four for 62 for the home side.
Notts lost wickets at regular intervals and were rarely in contention once Alex Hales had departed for 54. Ben Slater made 58 but the bowlers kept a tight rein on proceedings, with Roelof van der Merwe taking three for 29, with the remaining wickets shared amongst the rest of the six-man attack.
There were still 11.4 overs remaining when the end came, with the Outlaws being dismissed for only 222.
In pursuit of 338 Joe Clarke fell early in the chase, picking out short-midwicket, from the bowling of Craig Overton. Notts got their reply back on an even keel, thanks to a second-wicket stand of 72 between Hales and Slater.
Slater made his runs from 60 balls but was followed straight back to the pavilion by Ben Duckett, who made only a single.
Hales cleared the ropes on his way to a 42-ball half century but then nicked behind, heralding the start of a middle order collapse which left the chase in disarray at 156 for six.
Steven Mullaney made 29 and Luke Fletcher plundered an aggressive 43 but when he hit Lewis Gregory into the hands of long-off the celebrations could begin for the West Country side and their supporters.
Earlier, the Somerset openers added 93 together, with Banton applying early pressure towards the home attack. The 20-year old took the fight to Matt Carter in the tenth over, hitting the off-spinner for three sixes as the first powerplay ended with 69 on the board.
Harry Gurney, playing his first domestic match of the summer after returning from a stint in the Indian Premier League, made the initial breakthrough, having Banton caught behind.
Trego survived difficult chances in the deep when on 24 and 45, to reach his 50 from 48 balls but then lost two partners in the same Jake Ball over.
Azhar played an uncharacteristically adventurous shot and lost his middle stump after making 72 from 71 balls, then James Hildreth was victim of a stunning reflex catch by the bowler.
Tom Abell was denied a certain boundary when he swept the ball viciously into the body of square leg umpire Mike Burns but had only made 18 when nicking Fletcher behind.
When George Bartlett followed in the 36th over for nought, giving Mullaney his 100th List A wicket, the total was on 228 for five.
Trego’s fine innings was ended by the brilliance of Mullaney, throwing down the stumps with a direct hit but the same player then spilled Gregory at mid-off.
For the second time in the innings Ball picked up two wickets in the same over, having Gregory and van der Merwe both caught in the deep.
Jamie and Craig Overton applied some late order muscle, with a stand of 47 from just 30 balls, before the innings was closed out with two run outs.
Somerset now advance to their first Lord’s final since 2011.
Steven Mullaney (Notts captain)
“They fully deserve their place at Lord’s. I thought they out-batted, out-bowled and out-fielded us. At halfway I thought it was a very chaseable total but I’ve no complaint’s, we just weren’t good enough.
“Alex (Hales) and Ben (Slater) got in and got out, I got in and got out, but it wasn’t to be today.
“I wouldn’t change my decision at the toss but feel we could probably have bowled and fielded a bit better but it was a chaseable total and we weren’t good enough.
“Nobody is going to feel sorry for us now, so we’ve got about 12 hours to dust ourselves off before we get on a bus and get to Chelmsford for the championship match and we’ll have to be at our best there because they are a good side.”
Tom Abell (Somerset captain)
“It means everything to lead the side through to a Lord’s final. It will be such a special day, obviously with it being the last final at Lord’s and it’s been a while since we were there. I’m just so proud of the team, the squad and the coaching staff. I feel we are peaking at the right time and probably peaked in the quarter-final and semi-final, which is great with Lord’s in mind.
“We got off to a fantastic start today, Bants (Tom Banton) got us off to a good start and he was well supported by Azhar (Ali) and Tregs (Peter Trego), so we felt it was a really good score. I thought we struggled to get momentum in the back end of ur innings and they bowled well at the death but I thought we were good in all three disciplines.
“It was obviously a big moment in the game once Hales got out but there were still Moores and Mullaney to come at that stage but we were desperate to make sure they didn’t come back into the game after then.”
Nottinghamshire - Ben Slater, Joe Clarke, Alex Hales, Ben Duckett, Samit Patel, Steven Mullaney(c), Tom Moores(wk), Luke Fletcher, Matthew Carter, Jake Ball, Harry Gurney
Somerset - Tom Banton(wk), Azhar Ali, Peter Trego, James Hildreth, Tom Abell(c), George Bartlett, Lewis Gregory, Roelof van der Merwe, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Josh Davey
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