Rampaul strikes not enough as Notts lift one-day title

Patrice Gainsbourg
Julho 2, 2017

Alex Hales smashed the record for the highest score in an English county final with a sensational unbeaten 187 to lead Nottinghamshire to a four-wicket win over Surrey and lift the One-Day Cup at Lord's.

The England batsman's knock, off 167 balls, was the highest score ever recorded in a county final at Lord's as the Outlaws beat Surrey by four wickets.

Man-of-the-match Hales said: "It's incredible, a special feeling".

"It's right up there for me personally, particularly in such a massive game for the club". They were on top to start with and we fought back. When he was joined by Chris Read in the 26th over, Notts were 150 for five, and Hales had 116 and only Brendan Taylor, with 11, had joined him in double figures. It was a wonderful end for Read, who is retiring at the end of this season after more than two decades of sterling service behind the stumps for Nottinghamshire, and he savoured his moment on the field with his young family.

After finally being caught by Mark Stoneman, Read departed to one of the biggest cheers of the day from the travelling Nottinghamshire support and later the 38-year-old said it amounted to the ideal send-off at Lord's. There is a reason we've got to a final - we've played good cricket with a strong bowling unit and a great batting line-up.

Surrey opener Mark Stoneman responded to being overlooked for an England Test spot against South Africa by scoring an unbeaten 144 off 149 balls.

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"He's been a fine player for a very long time for England", Surrey captain Gareth Batty said.

"The first 10 overs was pretty bad really", Read said. "We saw an global player do it on the domestic scene, he played quite magnificently well".

"He's given his all in this competition when he's been available to us, and we'll miss him for what will be a really tough game against Surrey".

Fair play to Stoneman, he cast aside his disappointment and played an innings that would have grabbed all the headlines but for Hales' blitzkrieg.

All this meant Stoneman, batting with the goal of a man in the form of his life determined to prove the selectors wrong for the Test snub he learned of on Friday night, calmed; his first 50 had taken 45 balls, but he finished with 144 from 149, and risks were rare.

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