Nottinghamshire left wondering if they've lost their mojo after tie with Worcestershire


In an uncanny reminder of 2019 semi-final defeat at Edgbaston, Notts fritter away another sure thing

Worcestershire 152 for 6 (Libby 52*, Whiteley 42) tied with Nottinghamshire 152 for 8 (Clarke 45, Trego 35, Hales 31, Moeen 2-15)

Nottinghamshire, the T20 Blast holders, lost their captain and inspiration, Dan Christian, on the eve of the tournament to an Australian white-ball training squad so large it could apply for city status, and for a flickering moment at New Road last night they will also have wondered if they have lost their mojo.

In an uncanny reminder of their 2019 semi-final defeat at Edgbaston, in which Worcestershire fought back to triumph by one run, they frittered away another sure thing, this time at least escaping with a tie when Peter Trego was run out by Ed Barnard, who was in from the rope to save two at long-on and whose flat throw was accurate enough for wicketkeeper Ben Cox to complete the job.

Steven Mullaney, a Championship captain charged at the last minute with taking up the reins in the Blast, was aghast that Notts failed to secure an opening-night win. Worcestershire’s 152 for 6 was 20 runs short in the estimation of their captain, Moeen Ali, and Notts’ pursuit could hardly have begun in more daunting fashion as Joe Clarke and Alex Hales raised 76 in the Powerplay.

With half the runs bagged, the game was theirs, but Worcestershire have a habit of rescuing games from unpromising situations and they scrapped on a slow surface. Five were needed from Josh Tongue’s last over. Tongue’s trusty right boot ran out Luke Fletcher as he failed to steal a leg bye and Trego did not get back on strike until the final ball.

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