Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire
James Taylor and Samit Patel led Nottinghamshire Outlaws through to the semi-finals of the Royal London One Day Cup with an 85-run victory over Derbyshire Falcons at Trent Bridge.
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Outlaws' captain Taylor scored an unbeaten 146 as Notts scored 313 for five, before bowling out the Falcons for 228 in 44.5 overs.
Taylor scored his runs from 154 balls, with eight fours and five sixes, to reach his 11th and highest one day hundred. He had fine support from Patel, who scored 55 in a third wicket partnership of 136 and then returned figures of four for 49 with the ball.
Playing the 100th one-day match of his career, Taylor won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first on a used wicket. Momentum swung rapidly during the early stages, especially for Mark Footitt.
Derbyshire's left arm pace bowler, formerly on the staff at Trent Bridge, opened up by bowling the only maiden of the innings. His next over, the third of the match, saw Michael Lumb hit four balls away to the boundary ropes.
Lumb looked in imperious touch but was then cruelly run out in the fourth over as a Steven Mullaney drive was deflected onto the stumps by bowler Ben Cotton, with the left-hander having backed up too far.
Cotton then removed Mullaney, opening the batting with Alex Hales away on England duty, thanks to a fine slip catch by Wayne Madsen.
Those two early dismissals enabled Taylor and Patel to join forces and begin a stand that took the game away from their East Midland rivals. Taylor's only two concerns were run out appeals that were referred upstairs to the third umpire but turned down in each instance.
Patel fell in the powerplay overs but both Riki Wessels and James Franklin increased the tempo as Taylor powered towards his second century of this season's competition, eventually reached in 134 balls, with seven fours and one six.
Having passed three figures the diminutive right-hander kicked on spectacularly, hitting Cotton for three maximums in quick succession straight after the unlucky bowler had seen Footitt spill a dolly at short third man off Franklin.
A sharp catch from Mullaney removed Wes Durston in only the second over of the reply and once Ajmal Shahzad had sent back Billy Godleman and Madsen, the odds against a successful run chase lengthened considerably.
The middle order were undone by the spin of Patel, with only Marcus North, who made 67 and David Wainwright, a career best 41 not out, offering any resistance before Luke Fletcher knocked over the final two wickets.
Notts now await Friday's draw to see who they will face in the semi finals, whilst Derbyshire can reflect on reaching the knock-out stages of a domestic competition for the first time since 2005.
Afterwards, a jubilant Taylor said: "Obviously we're delighted to get the win first and foremost and for me to contribute the way I did was really pleasing.
"I thought it was an outstanding and thoroughly professional performance from us tonight.
We knew exactly what we needed to do on that wicket with the bat and I thought we set the tone with the ball, from the word go.
We're playing a great brand of cricket, so we'll back ourselves whoever we are drawn against in the semi-final."
Beaten Madsen reflected: "It's a massive step for us to be here, from where we were a couple of months ago.
"I'm extremely proud of the team and everyone can be proud of what they've done in this competition.
"I think we've been excellent in terms of our energy in the field and we've had performances with bat and ball to win us games to get us this far.
"We've scored 300 a couple of times this year so we weren't out of it at the halfway stage but needed a big partnership and that didn't happen."