Voges wants Notts streak to continue
Nottinghamshire captain Adam Voges has set his team-mates the challenge of maintaining their unbeaten record in the Friends Life t20 North Group.
Last night’s eight-wicket Duckworth/Lewis triumph over Lancashire at Trent Bridge leaves Notts at the top of the standings, level on points with Yorkshire after four victories from seven outings.
They go head-to-head with the White Rose on home soil tomorrow evening and victory would secure a quarter-final berth.
“Fingers crossed,” Voges told ecb.co.uk. “We’re not quite there yet but we’re pretty close.
“We’d obviously love to top the group. If we can continue to go unbeaten that would be terrific.
“We’ll keep focus on that. We’ve got a huge game against Yorkshire on Thursday so we’ll look forward to that.”
Voges admitted inclement weather in the East Midlands may have worked to his side’s advantage after Lancashire posted an impressive 178 for four, having been asked to bat in trying conditions.
Rain interrupted the hosts’ reply after one over with the score on seven without loss, leaving them to tackle a revised assault of 42 from 24 balls upon the resumption - a task the lusty hitting of Michael Lumb and Riki Wessels was ideally suited to as they plundered 22 and an unbeaten 21 respectively, while Pakistan seamer Yasir Arafat saw his sole over disappear for 18.
“It’s probably not how we would have scripted it at the start of the day, but with the weather around it ended up becoming a pretty good toss to win - knowing what you needed to chase with the Duckworth/Lewis,” Voges said.
“I thought 178 was a pretty good score from Lancashire. We were confident of chasing it, but it was going to be a tough chase.
“Obviously the reduced total meant we were probably only one good over from getting the runs and we got that one good over and ended up getting them quite nicely in the end.”
Stephen Moore led the way for Lancashire, moving through the gears to post 80 from 58 deliveries.
It was Moore’s third half-century in this season’s competition and the former Worcestershire opener is relishing his role at the top of the order alongside all-rounder Tom Smith in the shortest format - the left-hander providing able support with a 41-ball 56 in an opening stand of 119 yesterday.
“I love batting with Tom,” Moore said. “He’s a great guy.
“He always enjoys his cricket, which is nice, and he makes batting look really simple sometimes.
“I think the left-hand/right-hand combination helps us. We complement each other.
“We have fun out there. We have license, we go out there to try and entertain the crowd and if we can get a few runs quickly then that helps the team out.”
A run of three consecutive defeats mean Lancashire must win their final two group matches to stand any chance of a fifth finals day appearance, starting with Friday’s mouth-watering Roses clash against Yorkshire at Old Trafford.
“I think they’d sold a few tickets before, maybe they’ll sell a few more knowing that the heat’s going to be on Friday night,” Moore added.
“Let’s just hope that the weather stays away and we can enjoy a really good 20-over game.”