Nottinghamshire v Warwickshire LV County Championship
After being set an improbable target of 421 for victory from a minimum of ninety overs Warwickshire held on for a draw against Nottinghamshire, closing on 290-8 after a late innings scare saw Franks take three wickets in the space of eight deliveries, before Barker and Wright kept Nottinghamshire at bay.
Nottinghamshire batted on for four overs at the start of the day before declaring after just ten minutes play with Franks unbeaten on eighty six and Fletcher on forty two.
With little probability of winning the match, the Bears lost three quick wickets to Luke Fletcher as Chopra 8, Maddy 5 and Troughton 2 all went to catches by Chris Read.
Clarke and Woakes took Warwickshire to lunch without further loss, but when Clarke 31 was bowled by Franks and Westwood 46 edged White to Mullaney at slip Nottinghamshire were left with over forty four overs in the day to pick up the last five wickets.
Woakes 80 and Blackwell 44 put together a partnership of eighty nine for the sixth wicket, using up over twenty eight overs before Franks’ three wickets brought Nottinghamshire back into the match, but Barker 44 and Wright 19 steadied the innings in an unbeaten ninth wicket partnership of fifty five to earn Warwickshire a draw in their final LV CC match of the season.
A long day in the field was just what the Bears didn’t want ahead of Saturday’s CB40 Final against Hampshire, but Nottinghamshire, without four or five of their regular first team upper order batsmen, made them toil, closing the third day on 444-8 and with a huge overall lead of 395 going into the final day.
Kelsall and Edwards extended their opening partnership to eighty eight before Kelsall was caught by Clarke at slip to give Patel the first of his four wickets in the day and his fiftieth first-class wicket of the season.
Wessels 38 and Edwards 53 then went lbw to Clarke and Patel respectively within an over, and when Taylor followed for fourteen it looked as if the home side would capitulate fairly rapidly, but Mullaney 94, Read 36 and Phillips 38 all proved difficult to move and with Franks still there at the close unbeaten on seventy six, sharing in an unbeaten ninth wicket partnership of fifty six with Fletcher 27* Warwickshire face a daunting task on the final day to prevent an early defeat following their title success last week.
Another terrific morning for the LV County ampions, Wrwickshire saw them reduce the hosts, Nottinghamshire to 92-7 at lunch on the opening day, after winning the toss and fielding.
Chris Woakes began in fine style, bowling Kelsall off the third ball of the innings while Barker trapped the other opener Edwards 3, lbw in the eighth over.
Woakes struck again when Wessels 13 was lbw in the next over and a fine catch at slip by Chopra off Barker brought Mulaney's innings to an end.for fourteen.
With all of the home side's batsmen struggling, Wright produced a superb delivery to rip Read's middle stump out of the ground for eighteen.
Just before lunch Clarke had Taylor lbw for seventeen and with the final ball of the session, White 6 edged Patel to Clarke at slip to send Nottinghamshire to lunch on 92-7
Chris Wright picked up the final three wickets to fall after lunch, as Phillips 13 edged to Johnson and Franks 44 was bowled.
The innings was wrapped up when Westwood at short-leg took a simple catch from Carter 4 off Wright to bring the innings to a close on 155.