One-Day Cup: Taylor hits ton as Nottinghamshire beat Derbyshire
|Royal London One-Day Cup, Trent Bridge|
|Nottinghamshire 313-5 (50 overs) beat Derbyshire 228 (44.5 overs) by 85 runs|
Captain James Taylor's career-best one-day score helped lead Nottinghamshire into the semi-finals of the One-Day Cup with an 85-run victory over Derbyshire.
After Notts slipped to 31-2, Taylor (146no) - playing his 100th one-day game at the age of 24 - and Samit Patel (55) put on 136 to help post 313-5.
In reply, Marcus North (67) and Billy Godleman (25) shared a stand of 53.
But Patel (4-49) and Ajmal Shahzad (3-33) were the main wicket-takers as the visitors were dismissed for 228.
|Taylor's tons in August|
|26 Aug: Notts v Derbyshire - One-Day Cup - 146 not out||11 Aug: England Lions v Sri Lanka A - 103 not out|
|14 Aug: Middlesex v Notts - One-Day Cup - 100 not out|
The hosts, who won the 40-over competition last season, are the first team to book their place in the semi-finals of this season's 50-over tournament, with the draw taking place on Friday night.
Notts made a powerful start helped by four fours from Michael Lumb (19) off one Mark Footitt over, but he was run out backing up and Steve Mullaney followed two balls later to Ben Cotton.
It brought Taylor and Patel together and the pair scored at four-and-a-half an over to rebuild Nottinghamshire's innings.
Patel amassed his first half-century in this season's tournament before hooking Footitt to Godleman, who made an excellent diving catch running in from the boundary.
Riki Wessels made an entertaining 28 but was caught at mid-wicket by Scott Elstone off David Wainwright, who took 1-35 in 10 economical overs.
Taylor completed a watchful ton off 134 balls, in contrast to his remarkable 55-ball century against Middlesex at Lord's two weeks' ago, but then pressed the accelerator - and went on to hit five sixes in total - to record the highest individual one-day score for Notts against Derbyshire.
In reply, Mullaney brilliantly caught Wes Durston in the covers from Jake Ball's first over, before North and Godleman's second-wicket stand gave Derbyshire some early hope.
But Godleman played on to Shahzad and the same man's slower ball got rid of Wayne Madsen (14), who was caught at extra cover by Sam Wood.
Patel then took four middle-order wickets, including having dangerman North stumped by Read, while Taylor took a fine diving catch over his shoulder to get rid of Gareth Cross for 23.
Wainwright added a spritely 41 off 31 balls, before he was yorked by Luke Fletcher (2-39) as Derbyshire fell well short.
Notts captain James Taylor told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"It was an outstanding and thorough performance the whole way through.
"We did exceptionally well with the bat and then with the ball we were outstanding.
"I am obviously delighted to get the win first and foremost and to contribute the way I did was really pleasing."
Derbyshire captain Wayne Madsen:
"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."