Foxes win harms Outlaws' chances
A valiant 71 not out from Adam Voges was not enough to prevent Nottinghamshire from slipping to their third Clydesdale Bank 40 defeat and diminish their hopes of reaching the semi-finals.
In a nail-biting finish, the Australia batsman could only drive the last ball from Josh Cobb tamely to mid-on for none as Leicestershire ran out winners by four runs at Trent Bridge.
Voges received little support from his team-mates, with captain Chris Read the only man to offer more than a cameo with 32. Leicestershire captain Matthew Hoggard picked up 3-43.
Earlier, 60 from Matthew Boyce and 58 by James Taylor helped the Foxes to 219 for seven, with England Under-19 seamer Jacob Ball claiming 3-32 on his first appearance of the season.
After Luke Fletcher had made the early breakthrough with James Benning caught at cover, Ball picked up two wickets in his second over, with Jacques Du Toit playing on and Cobb bowled by a beautiful off-cutter.
The Notts Academy graduate’s day got even better in his following over when Greg Smith chased a wide delivery to edge behind to Read.
But a partnership of 114 in 21 overs between Boyce and Taylor recovered the situation as the pair worked the field and scampered singles, hitting only seven fours between them.
The batting powerplay yielded 45 of those runs and also saw Boyce dismissed lbw by Samit Patel, while an unbeaten cameo 33 from Tom New, featuring four fours and a six, provided a timely boost at the death, with Taylor yorked by Ryan Sidebottom and Jigar Naik run out.
Voges only arrived from Australia at 7pm yesterday but seemed free of jet-lag when he arrived at the crease in the 15th over, after Alex Hales, Akhil Patel and Matt Wood had all fallen.
While Samit Patel also returned to the pavilion two overs later, clipping a full toss from James Benning to a diving Naik at midwicket, Voges found the gaps with nudged singles in accompaniment with Read to keep Notts in sight of the required run-rate.
Benning’s medium-pace proved particularly hard to get away and, with Notts forced to up the pace in the last 10 overs, wickets began to fall.
Read pulled Hoggard to deep square-leg and Steven Mullaney edged behind in the former England seamer’s next over to expose the tail.
Despite Voges’ best efforts, they were unable to contribute with the bat, Graeme White bowled by Naik, Fletcher lbw to Hoggard and Ball stumped off Cobb in the final over.
The Outlaws need to win both their remaining group matches - concluded by a trip to Edgbaston next weekend - to overtake Warwickshire and secure a semi-final spot.