One-Day Cup talking points: Notts and Hampshire cruise into semi-finals

Nottinghamshire will face either Worcestershire or Somerset, and Hampshire will play either Middlesex or Lancashire

By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog

Nottinghamshire needed 23 runs off 12 balls with just two wickets in hand if they were to top their Royal London One-Day Cup group and progress straight to a semi-final as kings in the north. On 5 Live Sports Extra, they were calling it a coin toss at the death, but for those of us who can’t quite shake Richie’s voice from our heads – “once the rate climbs above a run a ball…” – if felt like it was Northants’ match for the taking. Samit Patel ignored Richie and went six, four, four in the final over to seal the deal for the Outlaws and register his highest score in List A cricket, 136*. Patel is 34 now and he’s comfortable in his considerable volume of skin. He’s a key man if his side are to repeat their triumph of 2018.

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