Worcestershire v Nottinghamshire, Friends Life t20, New Road July 5, 2011

Nottinghamshire secure home quarter-final

Nottinghamshire 1 52 beat Worcestershire 142 for 5 by 10 runs

Nottinghamshire became the first team to qualify for the Friends Life t20 quarter-finals by clinching a 10-run victory over Worcestershire at New Road.

With a crowd of little more than 1,000 in the ground on a gloomy evening, the hosts had looked on course to cause a surprise after dismissing the north group leaders for 152.

This was Nottinghamshire's lowest total in 10 attempts when batting first in T20 matches this summer, but it proved to be enough as the Royals stumbled after an eye-catching half-century in 35 balls by Moeen Ali.

Samit Patel halted the flying start on his day release from England's one-day squad. The alrounder had Jack Manuel stumped for 21 while conceding only 21 runs in four overs and then ran out Moeen for 51 after the opener had hit 10 boundaries.

Manuel, deputising for the injured Vikram Solanki, and Moeen put on 69 by the ninth over, but Worcestershire's challenge petered out when Alexei Kervezee (21) and Shakib Al Hasan (20) departed in the space of four balls from Andre Adams and Steven Mullaney.

Nottinghamshire also lost momentum after a opening stand of 69 in eight overs by Tamim Iqbal (35) and Alex Hales (39). As soon as the first pair had fallen to Moeen's off-spin - Tamim stumped by Ben Scott and Hales caught at deep midwicket - the innings went into gradual decline against Worcestershire's trio of slow bowlers.

Shakib's dismissal of Adam Voges, the Australian trapped leg-before for 16, was the first of eight wickets to tumble for the addition of 50 runs in 46 balls. Saeed Ajmal continued to make an impact on the competition, bowling Patel for 11, and the Pakistan off-spinner went on to take three for 28, giving him 15 wickets in six games so far.

Worcestershire's fielding was strewn with errors at first but after Tamim and Hales had survived chances in the same over from Shakib, the home side lifted their levels in the rest of the innings. James Cameron held three well-judged catches in front of the pavilion and also ran out Adams with a smart return from deep extra cover to the bowler's end.

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  • zubair on July 6, 2011, 23:45 GMT

    It's amazing to see two bangladeshi playing against each other in county.Tamim proved his worth in no time.For Sakib,his bat has yet to click,but he is exceptional with his left arm spin.we are proud of you....

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    Thanks tamim ur tatting r rocking, sakib after finish the tournament I went to see, to u top wicket taker.

  • Syedul on July 6, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    Good luck 2 both of u, our pride.......

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    Well done Tamim and Shakib! But bad luck for Shakib's team. S&T are played their part but rest of the players done poor for Worcestershire. In the other side, Tamim is very lucky that after his joining in Nottinghamshire they won the matches three in a row.....!

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    Thanks Tamim for awesome batting. You played fantastic dude! Also thanks to shakib for bowling performance :)

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    gr8 to see the play against each other, but i can't accept the way tamim got out, was a bit reckless, careless attempt, missed shakib's batting....looking forward to the next face-off......

  • Muhammad Rakibul on July 6, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    Well done Tamim & Hales. But Worcs lost the match due to poor batting except Moeen. Shakib was unlucky not to get Tamim's wicket after catch-drop 4m Mooen. But Tamim has taken his catch. That's the beauty of cricket!

  • Cupid on July 6, 2011, 1:09 GMT

    Shakib vs Tamim, Round 01 : Winner - Tamim. HaHaHa. Lately Shakib is not delivering much with bat. Hope he gets better in time. Good luck for both.

  • Dummy4 on July 5, 2011, 22:25 GMT

    Welldone Shakib & Tamim,,,,,,,,,,,,,i watched these match on star cricket & very proudly saw those shot from Tamim for six, it was just wonderful, thats why i decided, Tamim's next match against Northamptonshire want to see live in northampton & flying from Frankfurt to London just bcs of this match,,,,,,,,,,,i love to see always when Tamim playing,,,,,bcs he make us (Bangladeshi) proud as always,,,,,,,,,,go Tamim go.......& inshallah coming in Northampton next Friday,,,,,,see you then.......

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