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Five from five for dominant Notts

Nottinghamshire Outlaws maintained their 100 per cent start to this season's Yorkshire Bank 40 competition when pulling off a comprehensive 89-run win over the Netherlands at Trent Bridge.

Their fifth consecutive win was set up by the batsmen, with three of the top four passing 50 after the home side had been asked to bat.

James Taylor top-scored with 75 as Nottinghamshire reached 263 for five, while Samit Patel contributed 61 after opener Michael Lumb had blazed his way to 54 from 45 deliveries.

In reply, the Netherlands were ruthlessly dismantled by a well-organised attack, with Ajmal Shahzad the pick of the bowlers with 3-26.

Taylor, who arrived at the crease following an opening stand of 60 between Lumb and Alex Hales, had already struck a century together with unbeaten knocks of 50 and 39 in his three previous one-day knocks this summer.

Lumb's dismissal at the hands of Pieter Seelaar allowed Taylor and Patel to begin a punishing stand, which produced 112 in 18 overs.

Despite enthusiastic, agile fielding from the visitors, both batsmen rotated the strike repeatedly and punished any width in making the most of a true surface.

Patel was also bowled by Seelaar before Taylor eventually fell to Tom Cooper in the search for late runs.

Cooper also sent back Riki Wessels before Chris Read and Steven Mullaney plundered 29 in the final three overs.

The highlight of the Dutch reply came from Dom Michael, a 25-year old left-hander from Queensland, who made an unbeaten 59 with little support.

Shahzad, on his home one-day debut for Notts, blew away the middle order and Michael was still some way short of his fifty when last man Malik Jamil arrived at the crease.

However, a pulled four, followed by a mighty six from a Gurney free-hit, took Michael beyond the milestone.

Netherlands opener Stephan Myburgh could point to a sense of misfortune when he fell victim to a stunning diving boundary catch by Notts sub Sam Wood, which brought a standing ovation.

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