Warwickshire v Nottinghamshire, LV County Championship
Warwickshire drew their latest match against Nottinghamshire to extend their lead at the top of the LV=CC Division 1 to 22 points with 2 matches remaining
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Warwickshire drew their match against Nottinghamshire taking ten points, as they go into their final two matches, with a lead of 22 points over Sussex and with Nottinghamshire a further six points back in third place.
Jim Troughton said "People can say the title is ours to lose if they want, but we were beginning to look behind us in our last match against Middlesex and escaped with a draw after playing poorly," he said. "I think we put that to bed in this match but we need to go to Worcester looking only ahead of us and make sure we take care of what we have to do. That is the mentality that has got us into the position where we can strike out for the top spot, right from day one of the season."
When play resumed on the final morning Hales 155* and Chris Read rarely offered few chances for an hour and a half until Read, on 95, came down the pitch to Ian Blackwell and missed the ball completely to be stumped by Ambrose.
Franks chipped a ball from Boyd Rankin straight to Troughton at mid-on, Graeme White was bowled middle stump and Adams, sent his fourth ball soaring off a top edge to gully, before Hales ensured they avoided the follow-on.
Read declared immediately, denying Warwickshire another batting point and with the game dead Warwickshire batted out the time remaining to close on 86 for 3.
After losing the whole of the second day, Warwickshire, piled on the runs in the morning session against a weakened Nottinghamshire attack, declaring on 504 for 6, just seven overs after lunch. They secured maximum batting points with eight balls of the first 110 overs to spare thanks to Tim Ambrose finishing unbeaten on 151 - his first century since 2009.
His hundred came off 169 balls with 17 fours, while the only wicket to fall went to White after Chris Wright had added a first-half century for Warwickshire to the 69 Championship wickets he has taken since joining them from Essex towards the end of last season. He was finally out getting a leading edge which Carter took at mid-off.
Blackwell hit 69 off 59 balls, with five sixes, four of them off White before the declaration after lunch.
Nottinghamshire started badly when Riki Wessels, flicked a ball from Wright straight into the hands of Ian Westwood at square leg. Keith Barker, finding some swing, forced Michael Lumb to play at one outside off stump and was taken by Varun Chopra at first slip.
Taylor went back to a ball from Wright and knocked the bails off with his boot and then Adam Voges, chased a wider delivery from Tom Milnes and was snapped up superbly by William Porterfield in the gully to give him a first Championship wicket at Edgbaston.
But Alex Hales, completed an 86-ball half century going to 80 at the close, with skipper Chris Read 54* and Nottinghamshire still needing a further 167 to avoid the follow-on.
There was no play on the second day at Egbaston due to heavy rain
A weakened Nottinghamshire attack found progress difficult on the opening day at Egbaston after Jim Troughton had won the toss and batted in this top-of-the-table clash. Fletcher took the opening wicket removing Varun Chopra, in the thirteenth over caught by Hales for eleven with Warwickshire 40-1
Ian Westwood 81, might have been out twice. He was dropped on 48 low down at first slip by Alex Hales off Fletcher and again on 62 at second slip by Adam Voges off Adams before eventually becoming Paul Franks’ third victim when lbw in the fifty third over.
Franks was the pick of the Nottinghamshire attack, bowling Porterfield 28 with a ball that came back and then having Troughton 40 caught behind by Read off an inside edge.
Tim Ambrose then picked up the challenge for Warwickshire, posting a century partnership for the fifth wicket with Rikki Clarke 47 that was only broken five overs before the close, with the new ball by Fletcher when Clarke edged to Read.
At the close of the opening day Warwickshire were 298-5 with Ambrose unbeaten on sixty four.