We were upset after Hales’ catch decision – Christian

Nottinghamshire captain Dan Christian applauded his bowlers for backing up his gamble of giving Somerset first chance to bat despite Trent Bridge’s reputation for yielding high scores in this year’s Twenty20 Blast.

“Knowing Somerset hadn’t played here before, we figured they might not know what a good total might be on this pitch,” he said.

“It was a touch slower than it has been this season, although still probably a 190-kind of wicket, but we bowled brilliantly throughout.

“If someone gets going here, with the good pitches and the short boundaries, it can be hard to stop them, but we bowled brilliantly throughout, Jake [Ball] at the top and Samit [Patel] in the middle in particular. There weren’t really any loose overs and they couldn’t build the big partnership they needed.

“So we were pretty confident after how well we bowled and we have chased 220 here before and even after we lost early wickets we knew we had depth in the shed.”

Christian admitted the controversy over Alex Hales’ dismissal upset the Notts dressing room and momentarily disturbed their equilibrium on the field.

“It was pretty obvious from the reaction in the crowd what everyone on the ground thought,” he said. “We will have to look at it again and ask the third umpire what his reasoning was but from our perspective it didn’t quite carry.

“There was a period of about 10 minutes when everyone needed to calm down. Everyone in the changing room was pretty upset with it and Alex was pretty upset too when he came back in.

“It needed things to calm down a bit but we knew we had time to gather ourselves and get going again.”

Somerset’s Steven Davies, who top scored with 59, said he trusted the officials to have reached the right decision over the Hales dismissal.

“Pete was convinced he got his fingers under it and we can only go by that,” he said. “The television cameras are here and I’m sure they got it right.

“Pete has copped some abuse from the crowd and on Twitter but he’s pretty used to that. It doesn’t bother him too much.”

He suspected the pitch did not play as well as either side expected.

“It looked nice but I think the signs were there when I got hit in the glove in Harry Gurney’s first over. The slower balls were difficult to get away.

“But they are a top side with international class bowlers and although we are disappointed to have lost the game we scrapped really well in the field and we were in with a shot and it took a couple of good innings to win the game for them.”

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