Essex Eagles v Notts Outlaws
Royal London One-Day Cup
The Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford
Essex Eagles | Alastair Cook, Varun Chopra, Tom Westley, Ravi Bopara, Ashar Zaidi, Ryan ten Doeschate (c), James Foster (wk), Paul Walter, Simon Harmer, Neil Wagner, Jamie Porter.
Notts Outlaws | Michael Lumb, Alex Hales, Riki Wessels, Samit Patel, Brendan Taylor, Steven Mullaney, Chris Read (c & wk), Stuart Broad, James Pattinson, Jake Ball, Harry Gurney.
Umpires | Nicholas Cook & Jeremy Lloyds
Toss | Essex won the toss & chose to bat
Close of Play Report
Even centuries from Alastair Cook and Ryan ten Doeschate could not save Essex from defeat in the Royal London One-Day Cup semi-final clash against Notts Outlaws.
The visitors faced with a gigantic total of 370-5, got home by five wickets with three balls to spare as Samit Patel and Steven Mullaney also scored hundreds.
Notts Outlaws achieved the distinction of securing their triumph with the highest successful run-chase in domestic List A history.
It represented a magnificent effort on their part and came after their top three were back in the pavilion with just 80 on the board.
Michael Lumb, Alex Hales and Riki Wessels were all victims of Jamie Porter before Notts launched a spectacular revival.
First Brendan Taylor made 62 off just 46 balls while helping Patel add 100 in 15 overs, and that brought Mullaney to plunder 111 from 75 deliveries.
Those arrived in a stand of 180 in 24 overs and included six sixes and eight fours.
When he was finally caught behind off Neil Wagner Notts were just six short of the winning post with nine balls left.
Patel secured a memorable triumph with two successive boundaries in the final over from Paul Walter. He finished on 122 not out from 123 balls with a dozen fours that undermined the efforts of Cook and ten Doeschate.
Cook made 133, containing 16 fours from 128 balls, while ten Doeschate smashed five sixes and seven fours in an unbeaten 102 from 66 deliveries.
It was the fifth successive innings in this season’s competition that Cook had reached 50 and his final score carried his aggregate to 636.
In the end, however, him and ten Doeschate’s heroics were not enough to send Essex into their first final since 2008.
Porter’s three wickets came at a cost of 56 in eight overs while Ravi Bopara and Wagner finished with 1-71 and 1-59 respectively.
1st Innings Report
Alastair Cook continued his amazing run of form as Essex Eagles totalled an impressive 133 in their Royal London One-Day Cup semi-final clash against Notts Outlaws at Chelmsford.
The former England Captain contributed 133 of those runs as he carries his seasons aggregate in the competition to 636 with a masterful exhibition of strokes either side of the wicket.
Cook never looked in the slightest trouble as he fully justified Ryan ten Doeschate’s decision to bat first on a lovely batting strip.
From the moment he cut Jake Ball for his first boundary in the game’s second over he dictated the course of the innings against pace and spin alike.
Cook dominated the opening partnership with Varun Chopra and reached his fifth successive half-century in the competition from only 36 balls, reaching that landmark with the help of nine boundaries.
He was to lose Chopra in the 14th over as wicket-keeper Chris Read took a smart catch from an edged drive, the right hander falling for 23.
But he continued to make progress, although not quite as rapid as early on, to complete his century from 95 balls with the help of 13 fours.
By then Cook had lost two more partners. Tom Westley hit a brisk 33 from 23 deliveries, five of which were dispatched to the boundary, before he pulled Patel into the hands of Brendan Taylor.
Then Ravi Bopara fell victim to Stuart Broad for 16, again Read accepting the catch, with the total on 173.
But his departure only brought in Ryan ten Doeschate who opened his account with a straight driven 6 off Broad.
Later the Essex Captain smashed four successive fours in an over from Samit Patel costing 21 runs before the 250 arrived in the 39th over.
Ten Doeschate was now assuming the role of the major partner and his form earned him a 40-ball half-century.
But he was to lose Cook after the stand had put on 98 in 14 overs as he skied a Patel delivery up in the air which was comfortably caught by Read.
Ashar Zaidi maintaned the tempo with a brisk 16 before falling to a brilliant diving catch by Taylor at backward square leg in Broad’s final over.
That paved the way for James Foster to join ten Doeschate and they put together a 50 stand in only 23 balls, the latter helping himself to two more sixes during the process.
Another couple cleared the ropes as he went on to complete a magnificent century from just 64 balls. It contained five sixes and 7 fours and the unbroken stand with Foster brought 75 from only 32 balls.
Ten Doeschate finished on 102 and Foster 27.