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The Notts lead Group B with 11 points from 7 matches and get geared up for the next match against Hampshire, who are positioned 3rd with 8 points, on 19th August at Nottingham. The hosts have been winning convincingly against strong teams and they are looking forward to another emphatic win amidst their fans; Hampshire on the other hand has had a mixed run so far and will try to go back to their winning ways after suffering the recent defeat against Lancashire by 29 runs. The competition is getting heated up and we surely have an interesting contest on the cards on Wednesday.
The Notts suffered defeat against Kent in the last outing on Monday by 5 wickets after the bowlers failed to defend a strong total of 335 runs; although Brett Hutton took 3-72 and Christian and Patel helped with a wicket each, they couldn’t break the partnership of Billings and Blake who took the team across the finish line with 8 balls to spare.
The batsmen started the innings solidly with Wessels and Hales providing good momentum as openers; James Taylor’s phenomenal 109 runs stabilized their scorecard and Daniel Christian posted a well-made 59 to take the total to 335. However, the bowlers failed to impress much and conceded defeat without much firepower.
Against Middlesex, the same bowlers had successfully defended 295 runs thanks to Imran Tahir; the specialist bowler will be absent due to national duty but the Notts sure have the capabilities to maintain their top spot with a win here.
It was a disappointing result against Lancashire after the batsmen started the chase on a positive note with Jimmy Adams and Wheater coming out with all guns blazing; while Adams posted 53 off 61, Wheater scored a brilliant 111 off 114 to stabilize the chase. But after their dismissal, it was a slippery slope they couldn’t recover from; except for a much-needed half-century by Dawson, the others gave up without a fight.
Against Warwicks, the bowlers had defended 208 runs in a reduced innings of 31 overs to win the match by 23 runs via D/L method; Dawson took 3 scalps while Chris Wood and Yasir Arafat took 3 wickets between them to take the team home safely.
Carberry, Adams, Wheater and Dawson are in good form with the bat and can put up strong totals or chase comfortably; with the ball, Dawson has been consistent and his all-rounder skills make him a strong asset. Players like Danny Briggs, Crane and Will Smith must fire from all cylinders to give them the required edge in the bowling attack. Overall, they have the talent to make a comeback with a win here to keep them alive.
Although Hampshire can use its resources well to strike back with a better performance, the Notts have the home advantage and a better record that make them clear favourites to win the contest on Tuesday.
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