Kyle Coetzer admitted this seasons’ NatWest 20 Blast campaign has been a frustrating one for the Steelbacks side after they were beaten by Nottinghamshire Outlaws last night at the County Ground.
The Outlaws won the toss and batted first in the Steelbacks final home T20 game of the season. The visitors put 54 on for the first wicket in quick time before Azharullah and Steven Crook picked up the wickets of Alex Hales and Steven Mullaney respectively. Riki Wessels (64) and Samit Patel (42) continued to score freely before Crook (3-19) and Azharullah (3-31) picked up two more wickets each as the Outlaws posted a score of 174/6.
The Steelbacks made the worst possible start with both David Willey (3) and Richard Levi (6) being dismissed early on for the hosts. Captain, Kyle Coetzer (67) came in and played a fantastic innings for the Steelbacks and was well supported by Steven Crook (37) and Adam Rossington (20) but the home side fell 22 runs short.
Captain Coetzer said “It’s been a disappointing evening for the side. Nottinghamshire came out and played very aggressively and earned their luck a little bit with some edges flying around. They got off to a flyer but I thought we did really well to claw it back in the end.”
The 30-year commented on his innings, “It was nice to get some runs tonight but I’m disappointed it didn’t lead to a Steelback win. We really need to start putting our hands up and seeing these games through but we came up short again tonight”.
“We’ve shown some glimpses of what we’re capable of – we’ve bowled really well at time and batted really well at times but we just haven’t been able to put a full performance together too often this year".
The Scotland opening batsman paid tribute to the County Ground crowds that have supported the side in this years’ NatWest T20 Blast campaign.
“The crowds have been fantastic here at the County Ground for every single game this season so thank you to all the Steelback supporters. Come back next season because we’re going to be raring to go again in 2015”.
The Steelbacks finish their T20 campaign tomorrow as the side travel up to Durham before the Royal London One-Day Cup starts on Sunday as we face Gloucestershire at Cheltenham.