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Dragons sneak past Notts

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Tight overs from Graham Wagg and Jim Allenby earned the Welsh Dragons a two-run victory over Nottinghamshire under the Duckworth-Lewis Method in a rain-affected Clydesdale Bank 40 clash at Swansea.

The defeat meant the Outlaws failed to take the opportunity of going top of Group B, while the Dragons’ slim hopes of qualification for the semi-finals remain alive.

Nottinghamshire had reached 77 for four from 18 overs in pursuit of 182 to win when rain interrupted play for more than an hour.

When play restarted the visitors were left needing 33 from 18 balls, and boosted their cause by taking 13 from Allenby’s first set of six.

Only six came from Wagg’s final over, however, which also saw Patel caught at long-off.

That left the visitors requiring 13 from the last over, but Read and Scott Elstone could only manage five from the first five balls - meaning the former’s six from Allenby’s final delivery proved in vain.

The Dragons’ spinners, and particularly Cosker, checked the visitors’ progress at the start of their reply.

Robert Croft & Graham Wagg

Robert Croft and Graham Wagg had cause to celebrate as the Welsh Dragons sneaked past Nottinghamshire in a rain-hit clash at Swansea

Cosker, who opened the bowling, struck in the third over to have Michael Lumb caught at midwicket, and four overs later Alex Hales was stumped to leave Nottinghamshire 24 for two.

Although Cosker got two crucial wickets he was struck for two sixes by Riki Wessels, who made 38 - including a third maximum off Wagg - before being caught at square-leg off Robert Croft.

At that stage Notts were two runs ahead of the required rate - but just before they went off for rain Cosker trapped Adam Voges leg before and the D/L par score went up to 87, which meant the Dragons were winning.

Ben Wright provided the backbone of the hosts’ 181 for eight after they won the toss.

Wright hit 62 from 70 balls, with the aid of two straight sixes, and put on 61 in 15 overs with Marcus North after the Dragons had struggled to 88 for five.

Patel was taken for two early sixes on a slow pitch, the same one which had been used for the LV= County Championship match against Gloucestershire this week.

Yet both Gareth Rees and Mark Wallace soon holed out, the latter falling to Graeme White, who finished with 3-28 from eight overs.

White struck three times in as many overs; he trapped Chris Cooke lbw, while Allenby became the third batsman to pick out a fielder in the deep.

After Stewart Walters was caught at slip off Patel it was left to North and Wright to pick up the pieces.

North was also caught attempting a big shot, but Wright helped to add 23 from the last two overs - including a six off Patel.

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