Middlesex v Nottinghamshire, Pro40 September 5, 2006

Nottinghamshire leave Middlesex in danger of relegation

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Nottinghamshire 228 for 7 (Smith 53, Patel 46, Hussey 44*) beat Middlesex 204 (Morgan 56) by 40 runs

Nottinghamshire swept to a comprehensive 24-run win over Middlesex at Lord's despite a fine 56 from Eoin Morgan, to leave the home side in danger of relegation. Nottinghamshire's 228 for 7 was led by Will Smith whose 53 contained six fours. David Hussey played with characteristic bullishness, smashing 44 from 36 balls. Middlesex started well with Paul Weekes and Ed Smith putting on 49 for the first wicket but they collapsed to 98 for 5. Morgan and Ben Smith, the wicketkeeper, kept Middlesex in the hunt. Morgan crunched six fours and cleared the boundary twice in his fifty before needlessly running himself out. Despite an enterprising 29 from Johann Louw, the tail folded in predictable fashion and they were bowled out in the final over for 204.