Hales cuts loose at Horsham as Notts set Sussex a testing total

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Alex Hales smashed his fifth List A century as Nottinghamshire set Sussex 313 to win in their opening Royal London One Day Cup match at Horsham.

Hales followed up his hundred in the Championship against Sussex at Hove earlier in the season by getting Notts off to an ideal start at Cricketfield Road.

The England batsman put on 139 with Michael Lumb for the opening wicket before Sussex fought back well with the ball to restrict the Outlaws to 312-8.

Steffan Piolet was the pick of the Sussex bowlers as he dismissed Hales for 116 on his way to figures of 2-35 while Will Beer claimed 3-60 from his ten overs. Chris Liddle was particularly expensive as he posted figures of 0-86.

Lumb and Hales made a solid start after Sussex skipper Ed Joyce had won the toss and put the visitors in.

Lumb reached his half century first – from 58 balls – before he was bowled for 77 by Will Beer as he came down the track to the leg-spinner.

Hales went on the offensive after he completed his 50 – from 73 deliveries - by smashing Beer for two big sixes but Notts’ hopes of building on their good start began to unravel.

James Taylor was bowled for 13 by Beer, Samit Patel was caught in the deep by Matt Machan off the bowling of Piolet for eight and Riki Wessels was run out by a direct hit from Beer for a duck.

Hales brought up his century by cutting Piolet for his eighth four of the match, with his second 50 only taking 34 balls.

He fell soon afterwards when he holed out to Lewis Hatchett at long on to give Piolet his second wicket.

Beer then had James Franklin caught and bowled as Notts went from 187-1 to 235-6 in the space of 49 balls.

Steven Mullaney blasted 40 from just 20 balls to give the Outlaws’ innings renewed impetus near the end before he became one of Lewis Hatchett’s two victims near the end.

Sussex's hopes of chasing down that total will not be helped by the absence of Luke Wright who is sidelined with a side injury sustained while making his record-breaking 155 at Essex on Friday.

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5:29pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Neville says...

Back to reality Wells struggled,Nash out for his customary 20 odd usual dismissal chasing wide ball off stump-never learns,Brown failed again Liddle goes for 8.6 per over,Hatchett not much better. Joyce a class act and really missed Luke Wright.
Notts v good side but Sussex lack real quality apart from 2-3 players.
Back to reality Wells struggled,Nash out for his customary 20 odd usual dismissal chasing wide ball off stump-never learns,Brown failed again Liddle goes for 8.6 per over,Hatchett not much better. Joyce a class act and really missed Luke Wright. Notts v good side but Sussex lack real quality apart from 2-3 players. Neville
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7:35pm Sun 27 Jul 14

MikeTheMan says...

Fast start eh Joyce. Played one, lost one. Neville's summary is accurate of course. Liddle bowled another 10 overs of rubbish and managed to concede 86 runs, an incredible amount. Hatchett, 9 overs for 68 including his usual extra ball at the end of the last over - and it was hit for 6 by their number 10 (who hadn't faced a single ball up to then). Wells, batting in Powerplays, faced 44 balls - over one-seventh of the 300 available - and scored just 23, not a single boundary in all that time, a strike rate of 52 when we needed to score at more than a run a ball. Then Brown prodded about for 16 balls and scored a whole 3 and Nash doesn't seem able to play a substantial innings these days.

We gave away far too many runs, we were never anywhere near to being up with the required run rate and we never looked likely to be. Without Wright 313 was far too many for us to chase. As Neville said, we lack genuine quality players. To qualify for the quarter-finals we now have to win at very least 5 of our remaining 7 matches, clearly possible but I suspect highly unlikely with these players.
Fast start eh Joyce. Played one, lost one. Neville's summary is accurate of course. Liddle bowled another 10 overs of rubbish and managed to concede 86 runs, an incredible amount. Hatchett, 9 overs for 68 including his usual extra ball at the end of the last over - and it was hit for 6 by their number 10 (who hadn't faced a single ball up to then). Wells, batting in Powerplays, faced 44 balls - over one-seventh of the 300 available - and scored just 23, not a single boundary in all that time, a strike rate of 52 when we needed to score at more than a run a ball. Then Brown prodded about for 16 balls and scored a whole 3 and Nash doesn't seem able to play a substantial innings these days. We gave away far too many runs, we were never anywhere near to being up with the required run rate and we never looked likely to be. Without Wright 313 was far too many for us to chase. As Neville said, we lack genuine quality players. To qualify for the quarter-finals we now have to win at very least 5 of our remaining 7 matches, clearly possible but I suspect highly unlikely with these players. MikeTheMan
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12:10am Mon 28 Jul 14

Cockwomble says...

Neville wrote:
Back to reality Wells struggled,Nash out for his customary 20 odd usual dismissal chasing wide ball off stump-never learns,Brown failed again Liddle goes for 8.6 per over,Hatchett not much better. Joyce a class act and really missed Luke Wright.
Notts v good side but Sussex lack real quality apart from 2-3 players.
joyce.wright.cachopa
.piolet.beer.magoffi
n.6 at least.machin did ok too.brown in v poor form though.as is liddle.dont know whats happened to him as was fine 2 yrs ago.hatchett still a rookie so forgivable.
[quote][p][bold]Neville[/bold] wrote: Back to reality Wells struggled,Nash out for his customary 20 odd usual dismissal chasing wide ball off stump-never learns,Brown failed again Liddle goes for 8.6 per over,Hatchett not much better. Joyce a class act and really missed Luke Wright. Notts v good side but Sussex lack real quality apart from 2-3 players.[/p][/quote]joyce.wright.cachopa .piolet.beer.magoffi n.6 at least.machin did ok too.brown in v poor form though.as is liddle.dont know whats happened to him as was fine 2 yrs ago.hatchett still a rookie so forgivable. Cockwomble
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