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Points shared in dramatic Trent Bridge tussle

Highlights from Trent Bridge

Notts Outlaws and Somerset fought out a tie in a dramatic Royal London One-Day Cup game at Trent Bridge.

The hosts posted 261 for eight after being put in and Somerset finished on exactly the same score after Tim Groenewald and Alfonso Thomas scrambled a single from the final ball of the match.

Thomas was then run out going for a cheeky second run but the umpires confirmed they had called time as the ball had gone dead.

Somerset looked to be well on course for the win after an opening stand of 125 in 25.2 overs between Marcus Trescothick and Nick Compton.

However, once both had departed the Outlaws began to make regular inroads with Jake Ball taking 3-57 in the fightback and Harry Gurney finishing with 3-62.

Seven runs were needed from the final over but Luke Fletcher held his nerve to earn his side a point.

Trescothick, who went past 12,000 one-day runs during his innings, eventually fell for 61 and he was quickly followed back to the pavilion by Compton, who scored 68.

Colin Ingram then compiled 50 from 51 balls but a late collapse denied the visitors the opportunity of building on their opening-day victory.

Earlier, Notts had been indebted to a stand of 90 between Samit Patel and Riki Wessels after they had been reduced to 42 for three.

Alex Hales, who scored a century in Nottinghamshire's opening match on Sunday, began in the same imperious manner, hitting his first three deliveries, from Lewis Gregory, to the point boundary.

Notts Outlaws' players celebrate after securing a tie from their Royal London One-Day Cup clash with Somerset at Trent Bridge

Hales had blazed his way to 23 from 15 balls, with five sparkling boundaries, before nibbling at a delivery he should have left to give Alex Barrow a routine catch off Thomas.

Michael Lumb and James Taylor fell to slip catches by Trescothick, who could also have had a third but spilled Patel before he had scored.

Wessels hit Groenewald for two huge maximums in the same over but then followed Patel back to the pavilion as the hosts were reduced to 142 for five.

James Franklin's knock for the home side was as out of character, as it was necessary. Having plundered three sixes from only six deliveries in Friday's NatWest T20 Blast match at Headingley, he elected to show greater restraint and common-sense this time.

The New Zealand international batted for almost two hours, faced 66 deliveries and hit only five fours, content to play second fiddle as Chris Read contributed 42 from 48 balls.

Both Steven Mullaney and Fletcher fell to Gregory in the late pursuit of runs, leaving the bowler with figures of 3-54.

There were not too many concerns, bar the odd risky single, for Trescothick and Compton as they remained together until the 26th over.

In the 31st, Trescothick ran Mullaney to third man for the single that brought up his 50 and also took the total into three figures.

The same set of six produced further drama. Compton reached his own 50, then Trescothick skied towards long-off but Lumb - running round from the other side of the wicket - could not get a hand on it.

Outlaws seamer Jake Ball traps opening batsman Nick Compton lbw for 68 to leave Somerset 136 for three in the 29th over

A succession of yorkers accounted for James Hildreth, Craig Overton and Alex Barrow but, despite a mighty six from Groenewald in the penultimate over, the spoils were shared.

The Outlaws have little time to reflect on the result as they travel to Cardiff to face Glamorgan tomorrow.

Gurney believes the draw was a fair result, despite initially being frustrated after missing out on the win.

"We've had some close results recently but it was honours even today which is slightly frustrating when you first walked off the pitch but when we reflect on it a point apiece is probably the fair result," he said.

"We thought north of 280 was probably par but our batsmen can't get 300 every week so us bowlers need to stand up.

"I was beginning to wonder where my first wicket was going to come from but the yorkers started to come out right towards the end and I was always confident that Fletch would do the business in the final over."

Somerset captain Trescothick was disappointed that his side failed to take victory.

"We're disappointed. We felt we'd kept them to a good score and felt we could knock it off," he said. 

"We got off to a really good start with myself and Compo putting 120-odd on but it needed one of us to go on and get 80 or 90 perhaps. It would have been a different outcome then, I'm sure.

"When you look back on the day, you know they are a good side and to come here at any time and get a point is a decent result but it could have been more."

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