Michael Lumb scores century as Nottinghamshire Outlaws post 400 again, beat Warwickshire
Notts Outlaws are well on their way towards qualifying out of the group stage of the Royal London Cup after they breached the 400 barrier for the second time this week after they defeated Warwickshire by 36 runs at Trent Bridge.
Fresh from his 184 in the win over Northants where they scored 445, Michael Lumb was at it again, this time he managed a 88-ball century before finishing with 133. Lumb’s century along with fifties from Riki Wessels (76), Greg Smith (73) and Dan Christian‘s 47-ball 94 helped the Outlaws post 415 for five after being asked to bat.
Much like the previous game where Northants came close to the target, Warwickshire fought back valiantly and even managed their highest total against a first-class county having conceding their highest limited-overs score. But it wasn’t enough as they were bowled out for 379 in the final over despite a century from former England batsman Jonathan Trott.
Opening the batting was Wessels and Lumb, who added 178 for the opening wicket in just 27 overs to set the perfect platform for the onslaught that was to to follow. Wessels hit seven fours and two sixes in his run-a-ball 76 while Lumb continued his incredible start to the tournament with another century.
This time, his ton came off 88 balls and he hit nine fours and three sixes before he was bowled by Rikki Clarke, who was the pick of the bowlers for Warwickshire. Figures of 10-1-45-2 would not be out of place in any limited-overs game and it deserves even more praise in one where over 400 was scored by the opposition.
Just when it looked as though Clarke and Warwickshire had brought things back, Greg Smith and captain Dan Christian put on 141 for the fourth wicket with the Australian delivering a particularly brutal innings that included eight fours and six sixes to help Notts cross 400 again.
In response, Jonathan Trott led the way with a hundred off 93 balls and with Ian Bell for company, the impossible chase seemed on the cards. But Steven Mullaney got rid of both players in quick succession to leave the visitors in trouble.
And despite fifties from Tim Ambrose and Sam Hain, Warwickshire fell 36 short and Harry Gurney finished with figures of three for 58, to finish as the day’s best bowler. While Notts have won both matches, Warwickshire’s loss now leaves them with just two points in three matches.
Speaking about the game, Mick Newell, Nottinghamshire’s director of cricket, said: "We've seen a magnificent pitch, so all credit to the groundsman. He's given us a fantastic surface for one-day cricket and a fantastic outfield.
“When we rocked up on Monday we had no idea that we were going to score over 440. You look at it, see it's a sunny nice and a good track and take it from there. We thought 320 was a par score both days but we've gone way past that.”