Match Preview: Notts Outlaws vs Lancashire
Notts Outlaws v Lancashire
Royal London One-Day Cup, North Group
Friday April 19, 11am
After a defeat to last season’s semi-finalists Worcestershire yesterday, comes the 2017 champions as Lancashire look to record their first win.
The Red Rose were beaten by the Rapids at Emirates Old Trafford yesterday, by 125 runs as they stumbled in pursuit of an imposing 368.
This will be Notts’ first game of the competition.
Despite defeat against Worcestershire, Matthew Parkinson will be in confident mood having returned career best figures of 5-51.
This fixture starts an important weekend on the road for the county as they also travel to Emerald Headingley to take on Yorkshire on Sunday.
Australia fast bowler James Pattinson will make his first appearance of the season for Notts. Pattinson is due to spend the next three months as their overseas player.
Alex Hales is unavailable for Notts due to personal reasons.
Seamers Richard Gleeson (back) and Toby Lester (hamstring) as well as all-rounder Danny Lamb (neck) continue to be sidelined for Lancashire.
Notts have started the season with a draw and a defeat in the County Championship under the leadership of former Lancashire duo Peter Moores as coach and Steven Mullaney as captain.
They won this competition in 2017 when Pattinson hit the winning runs and were beaten in the eliminator match (effective quarter-final) by Kent at Trent Bridge last year.
Notts have won three of the last four 50-over clashes between the two counties, the other a rain-affected No Result at Blackpool in 2016.
Lancashire’s last List A win against Notts came at Trent Bridge in 2011 when this competition was 40 overs per side. Tom Smith hit a maiden century and took four wickets, the only Lancashire player to achieve that feat in a match.
Defending champions Notts won an opening round thriller at Emirates Old Trafford last May, and Lancashire fans will certainly recall it being an opportunity missed.
After electing to bat, a trio of fifties from Chris Nash (52), Ross Taylor (58) and captain Steven Mullaney, who made a quick-fire 70 off 54 balls at the death, pushed the visitors up to 318 all out.
Matthew Parkinson finished with 5-68 from 9.5 overs on his one-day debut for the Red Rose, although he had previously played List A cricket for the England Lions.
He claimed all of his wickets inside the last seven overs of the innings before Lancashire’s chase - and it looked like being successful - was underpinned by a superb 136 from opener Keaton Jennings.
Like Parkinson, he was making his Lancashire 50-over debut.
Unfortunately, however, the hosts slipped from a position of great strength at 245-3 in the 41st over,
When Jennings fell, that left the score at 288-6 in the 47th over, and they were bowled out for 309.
Harry Gurney struck three times, and Mullaney once as he scooped the man-of-the-match award.
WHAT THEY SAID
Brooke Guest believes he is ready to prove himself in first-team cricket with Lancashire.
Guest, 21, made his List A debut in yesterday’s defeat to Worcestershire, keeping wicket and scoring an encouraging 36 off 42 balls with four fours.
The Timperley-born former Australia under 19s international signed his first full contract with the county ahead of 2019 after two years of summer only contracts.
Guest debuted in the County Championship win over Hampshire last September and played against Middlesex at Lord’s last week having enjoyed a productive pre-season tour of Dubai.
“I’m feeling confident with my game at the moment and ready to show people what I’ve got,” said the player who grew up in Western Australia.
“As a modern day cricketer, you’ve got to be ready to play all three formats. I’m certainly hoping my game is ready for that.”
Guest admits he likes to be positive and inventive with the bat, continuing: “The modern way is to be a positive, with bat or ball. There aren’t many players who sit and watch the game go past.”
On his background, he added: “I was originally born over here and lived in Timperley until I was seven.
“Then I moved to Australia and played for South Perth and also a bit of representative stuff out there before coming back over here to get a trial with Lancashire.
“I was 19 when I came back. The last two years have been summer contracts, and this is my first year on a full contract.”