Patel stars in comfortable notts victory

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Nottinghamshire maintained their push for the Clydesdale Bank 40 semi-finals with a 88-run victory over Scotland at Trent Bridge.

Samit Patel scored 82, while fellow England hopeful James Taylor contributed 68 as Nottinghamshire made 265 for 5 after winning the toss and batting first.

Patel then picked up two for 39 with his left-arm spin as Scotland were bowled out for 177.

The win moves Nottinghamshire second in Group B, one point behind the leaders Hampshire, who have played a game more.

At Chesterfield, Richard Johnson's maiden one-day half century helped Derbyshire recovery to a three-wicket victory over Yorkshire with 14 balls to spare.

The on-loan Warwickshire wicketkeeper scored 79 from 74 balls after Derbyshire had been 56 for four chasing Yorkshire's 238 for 7.