Nottinghamshire Premier League representative side narrowly beaten by President’s Trophy to North Staffordshire & South Cheshire

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The Premier League’s Representative XI narrowly missed out on the President’s Trophy when they lost by 14 runs to the North Staffordshire & South Cheshire League at Papplewick on Sunday.

The visitors won the toss and batted first and were really struggling at 24-3 after early wickets for Matt New and Jim Rhodes.

The NS&SC league side rallied with a fourth wicket stand of 77, but the Notts bowlers kept plugging away and eventually dismissed their opposition for 174 in the last of their 45 overs. Matt New took 3-34 and Will Butler took four of the last five wickets to fall to finish with 4-23 from 4.3 overs.

The Notts side were soon in trouble themselves when they fell to 31 for 5 including the loss of big-hitters Tom New and the Cuckney trio of Richard Stroh, Nick Langford and Will Root.

But Butler and Matt New continued their excellent form with the ball into their batting as they put on 80 for the sixth wicket.

But New fell in the 33rd over for 26 and when Butler followed him in the 37th over with 38 required and only two wickets and eight overs in hand.

But spirited hitting from the lower order could not quite get them to their target and they were dismissed 14 runs short of their target in the 42nd over.

League Chairman Peter Johnson said after the game: “We are obviously disappointed to lose in the final of this prestigious inter-league competition but we again demonstrated that the standard of cricket played in Nottinghamshire is amongst the highest in the country.

“We congratulate the North Staffordshire & South Cheshire League on their deserved win and we look forward to challenging for the Trophy again in 2013”.