Alex Hales hit a record breaking innings as Nottinghamshire beat Surrey to win the One Day Cup.
Nottinghamshire will begin their defence of the Royal London One-Day Cup at Lancashire on Thursday, live on Sky Sports Cricket.
Ahead of that tasty encounter at Old Trafford, we look at how the Outlaws powered their way to the 50-over trophy in 2017, culminating in an Alex Hales-inspired, four-wicket win over Surrey at Lord’s…
Remember, you can catch plenty of One-Day Cup action on Sky Sports over the next few months, including Durham v Yorkshire on Friday and the final on Saturday, June 30 – will Notts be in it again?
Lancashire vs Notts
May 17, 2018, 1:30pm
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GROUP STAGE (Third in North Group)
Nottinghamshire ended the pool phase with four wins, three defeats and a wash-out. Highlights included Samit Patel (103no) and Steven Mullaney (77no) marshalling the side to victory – it wouldn’t be for the last time, either – against Lancashire, and Billy Root’s maiden List A ton, a sterling effort of 107 not out from 93 balls against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
Notts were undone by a Root, though, with Billy’s brother Joe stroking an unbeaten 75 as Yorkshire eased to a seven-wicket win. A rain-ruined final match versus Northants saw Outlaws earn the point which pipped Yorkshire’s Roses rivals Lancashire to third place in the North Group.
PLAY-OFF (Beat Somerset by 24 runs)
Notts edged a thrilling game at Taunton, one in which their total of 429-9 looked at one point like it might not be enough as firstly Dean Elgar (91 off 63) and Peter Trego (66 off 47) and latterly Jamie Overton (40 off 26) gave Somerset a sniff, only for the hosts to fall short on 405 all out.
Brendan Taylor (154 from 97) – who has now left Notts and returned to international cricket with Zimbabwe – top-scored in the 834-run thriller, with Riki Wessels (81) and Patel (66) providing excellent support as Overton was dispatched at nearly 10 runs an over. The seamer exacted some revenge with the bat, nailing three sixes, but ultimately to no avail.
SEMI-FINAL (Beat Essex by five wickets)
Having posted a mammoth score three days earlier, Notts then chased one down at Chelmsford, toppling Essex’s 370-5 with three balls remaining to complete the highest successful run chase in an English 50-over game, beating Hampshire’s 359-8 against Surrey in 2005.
Alastair Cook struck 133 for Essex before Ryan ten Doeschate scored a blistering 66-ball 102 not out and the hosts appeared in complete control when Taylor’s calamitous run out left Notts on 180-4 a ball shy of halfway. Patel (122no) and Mullaney (111 from 75), launched an exceptional fightback, though, putting on 185 in 23.4 overs, before an exhausted-looking Patel, dropped with 16 runs required, edged the winning boundary.
FINAL (Beat Surrey by four wickets)
Nottinghamshire condemned Surrey to a third consecutive One-Day Cup final defeat, following losses to Gloucestershire and Warwickshire in 2015 and 2016 respectively, with Alex Hales the star of the show.
Hales – who is now solely a white-ball player, of course – blazed the highest one-day score ever made at Lord’s with an unbeaten 187 from 167 balls, an innings that featured 20 fours and four sixes. Ollie Pope’s drop of the opener on nine proving extremely costly…
Hales topped the 166 David Boon scored for Australia against the MCC in 1989 at Lord’s as Nottinghamshire topped Surrey’s 297-9 – in which Mark Stoneman hit an unbeaten 144 – with 13 balls to spare, Hales sharing a 137-run stand with skipper Chris Read (58) in the latter’s final Lord’s final.
Surrey had raced to 74-0 from 10 overs batting first, aided by some sloppy Notts fielding, but Patel (3-51) and Mullaney (2-50) accounted for five of the top six as the Londoners wilted and the Outlaws completed part one of the white-ball double – they went on to win the T20 Blast in September.
Watch Nottinghamshire’s One-Day Cup fixture at Lancashire, live on Sky Sports Cricket from 1.30pm on Thursday.