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Taylor helps Notts stay perfect

James Taylor led Notts Outlaws to a four-wicket win over the Netherlands at Truro, extending their perfect record in the Yorkshire Bank 40 to seven games.

Tom Cooper top-scored with 49 for the Netherlands, who were lifted to 188 for seven by a seventh-wicket stand of 57 between Dom Michael and captain Peter Borren.

Taylor's unbeaten 90 meant Notts, losers of the toss, were always in control of a chase they completed with seven balls to spare.

Ajmal Shahzad removed both Dutch openers cheaply en route to figures of 2-24, but Cooper shared in respective stands of 47 and 45 with Wesley Barresi and James Gruijters before he was fifth out with the score on 104.

Eric Szwarczynski became the second victim of Steven Mullaney before Borren and Michael gave the Netherlands hope.

Notts’ reply got off to a poor start as the out-of-form Alex Hales fell for a duck to the fourth ball from List A debutant Quirijn Gunning.

However, Taylor and Michael Lumb, who made 35, steadied any nerves with a stand of 83.

Cooper removed Lumb and Samit Patel in quick succession to leave Notts 98 for three.

Taylor's half-century came up in between those two wickets, off 65 balls with six fours.

Ed Cowan and Chris Read fell cheaply to give the Netherlands a glimmer of hope at 153 for five.

Yet Mullaney hit 26 from 16 balls and although he was run out with three needed for victory, Taylor hit the next ball for a match-winning boundary, the ninth of his 119-delivery innings.

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