Nottinghamshire became the first side to qualify for the quarter-finals of this season’s Friends Life T20 at New Road on Tuesday night.
Samir Patel, released for county duty by the England management after he had been left out of the first three one-day internationals against Sri Lanka, led Nottinghamshire’sfightback in the field after a spectacular batting collapse.
Patel bowled his four overs economically and had Jack Manuel stumped to break a threatening opening partnership. Patel’s throw from midwicket also helped to halt Moeen Ali in full flow though it looked a close call on the television replays.
Nottinghamshire’s resilience in the field, after they had surrendered their last eight wickets for 50 in 46 balls, guaranteed them a home quarter-final but Worcestershire now have little chance of reaching the knockout stages for only the third time.
An opening stand of 69 between TamimIqbal, who lodged a ball in the roof tiles of the New Road Stand with a huge six off Moeen, and Alex Hales helped limit the damage of Nottinghamshire’s subsequent collapse against Worcestershire’s trio of spinners on a slow pitch.