Notts on the verge of historic treble
A year on from a disappointing relegation from the County Championship’s top division, the Nottinghamshire Outlaws have without doubt proved they more than deserve their place at the very top of the English domestic game.
Many might have excused a low-key T20 Blast campaign, perhaps a hangover from their Royal London 50 over success at Lord's. However, after the loss of the industrious Luke Fletcher to a nasty head injury in the early stages of the season, the Outlaws rallied with some terrific performances during the group stages. Would be challengers came and went, culminating in 1st place finish in the North Group. Another win in their well-earned, home quarter against Somerset preceded a dominant finals day performance that saw the Outlaws dispatch first Hampshire, then Birmingham to secure their second One Day trophy of the season.
Royal London One Day Cup Celebrations.
The international stars of the Notts team will likely garner the most praise in the press but it’s difficult to ignore the ever reliable Steven Mullaney who continues to be the glue that holds the dynamic Outlaws together. This is without doubt one of the strongest one day teams assembled in recent years. From the batting fire power of Hales and Wessels, to the pace and skill of Ball and Gurney, further complemented by arguably the form cricketer in the country, Samit Patel. It would be wrong to ignore the ostrecised England all-rounder who has not only put together an unforgettable season in all three forms of the game, but has done so whilst juggling the various demands of his well-deserved benefit year at Trent Bridge.
As the county focus switches back to red ball cricket, it’s difficult to see past Nottinghamshire CCC adding the County Champonship Division 2 title to their already burgeoning trophy cabinet and, in doing so, returning to the flagship Division 1 of the English domestic game.
Whatever happens between now and the end of the season, it’s been a special year for all those at Trent Bridge and, knowing Peter Moores and his staff, it's safe to say they will go into the Winter break with their sights set firmly on continuing their meteoric rise.