Outlaws ease past Royals
Hosts keep semi-finals hopes alive with resounding win
Last Updated: 17/07/12 10:40pm
James Taylor: Made 74 to help guide Nottinghamshire to victory
James Taylor was again the scourge of the Hampshire Royals as Nottinghamshire Outlaws kept their hopes of a Clydesdale Bank 40 semi-final place alive with a convincing six-wicket victory over the Group B leaders at Trent Bridge.
Hampshire had only lost once previously in the competition this summer, to Nottinghamshire at the Ageas Bowl in late May when Taylor had slammed 115 not out off 77 balls, including seven sixes.
This time he was altogether more circumspect in his innings of 74 but no less effective and, with the aid of Alex Hales (70), Riki Wessels (38) and Samit Patel (36), helped complete a convincing triumph with 17 balls to spare.
Nottinghamshire's success came despite an unbeaten century from James Vince (102 not out) who batted through the Hampshire innings to guide them to 230-7.
The opener underpinned a Royals batting effort that lacked momentum until 85 runs were added in the last 10 overs as spinners Patel (2-41) and Graeme White (1-32) exercised a measure of control, while Darren Pattinson (2-48) and Andy Carter (2-47) were also among the wickets.
Patel had taken a wicket with the third ball of the match and also took a wicket with the third ball of his second over as left-handers Jimmy Adams and Simon Katich both nicked behind.
Neil McKenzie (21) and Craig Ervine (31) threatened to get the scoreboard ticking in allegiance with Vince, but the visitors were more thankful for the late order support for the opener by Dimitri Mascarenhas (19) and Kabir Ali (23).
Vince, who has not selected for County Championship cricket since late May, was dropped in the deep by Hales on 90 off Carter and moved to three figures from the penultimate delivery of the innings, facing 106 balls and striking seven fours and one six.
Hales helped Notts get off to a flyer in their reply with a blistering 61-ball knock that contained nine boundaries.
He put on 89 for the first wicket in just under 10 overs with Wessels, who powered five fours and a six before he was lbw to the excellent Danny Briggs (2-27).
Hales looked set to match Vince's milestone until he holed out in the deep to give Briggs a second wicket, but Patel launched two sixes and added 71 for the third wicket with Taylor until falling to Chris Wood.
Taylor struck six fours from 83 balls but could not quite see his side home, caught and bowled by Katich with just three runs needed, but by that point the outcome of the match was not in doubt.