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Voges delight at Notts t20 start
By Dave Bracegirdle
Nottinghamshire’s Adam Voges is delighted by the county’s start to their Friends Life t20 programme, with a couple of important victories already secured.
After opening the tournament with a convincing away victory against Leicestershire, Notts then outplayed Durham to claim a seven-wicket success in the North-East on Sunday (June 17).
“Obviously we were disappointed to be rained off against Derbyshire,” he said. “But to win our two other games, obviously you can’t ask for a better start.”
Voges has taken over the captaincy of the Trent Bridge side, with regular skipper Chris Read handing over the reins for the busy period of t20 fixtures, and has been helped by a spot of good fortune.
“I’ve been lucky that I’ve won the toss each time,” he said. “I’ve not been really sure what the wickets were going to do but after it went so well at Leicester I thought I’d put Durham in and the bowlers did a fantastic job first up.
“They exploited a wicket that did a little bit early on but we had to put it in the right spot and I thought we did that nicely, got on top early and took their crowd of the equation.”
The Australian batsman believes it is important to make the front-running in this competition, especially with there being fewer group fixtures this season.
“We did it nicely last year, won games early on and got to the top of the group and then made teams have to chase us. So it’s another perfect start so far and I couldn’t ask any more from the boys.”
Nottinghamshire’s much-vaunted batting line-up hasn’t been over-worked as yet, with only small targets to chase in the two opening victories.
“There’ll be a time when they’re needed, there’s no doubt about that,” he said. “Some of the guys are itching to have a hit and I’m sure they’ll get their chance but the bowlers have done a great job so far and hopefully we can keep chasing these small totals.”
Voges looks forward to gaining something from the next two away matches before a run of games on more familiar surroundings.
“This weekend we’ve got a huge road trip, with matches at Manchester on Friday (June 22) and then Scarborough on Sunday. If we can get some good points from those fixtures then it will really set us up nicely.
“To get points away from home is great, considering we’ve got four home games at the back end of the qualifying period. I think it makes a big difference when we’re at home, because we know Trent Bridge so well and get good crowds who are right behind us.”
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