Thursday 18 July 2013 

Warwickshire v Nottinghamshire, LV= County Championship


Day 4

Warwickshire completed a superb 216 run victory over Nottinghamshire on the final afternoon, when a combination of accurate bowling and smart fielding proved a winning combination with the Bears taking 8 wickets after lunch to secure back-to-back LV=CC victories.

Chris Woakes produced a delivery that crept along the floor to bowl Mullaney 27, early on the final day, but Alex Hales and Michael  Lumb 18, then shut up shop for the next ninety minutes scoring at just a fraction more than a run an over for the next twenty five overs before Barker struck as lunch approached, when Ambrose took a smart catch standing up to the stumps.

After lunch , Rankin trapped the dangerous James Taylor 2, lbw before Samit Patel and Alex Hales added seventy for the fourth wicket in just over twenty overs, but Hales, having completed his half century was beaten in the flight by Patel and could only scoop an easy lobbed catch to Porterfield at short mid-on.

Patel followed in the next over with no addition to the scoreboard, taken at square-leg by Porterfield off Rikki Clarke despite the batsman vehemently protesting that the ball had been played into the ground before the catch was taken.

Either side of tea Patel dismissed Read 1 lbw and then bowled Shahzad 5 with the first ball of the final session.

Adams was next to go, caught at short-leg by Westwood off Patel and with the new ball Chris Woakes bowled a perfect away swinger that Hussey edged to the safe hands of Varun Chopra at slip.

Victory with more than eighteen overs to spare, came when Boyd Rankin’s pace and bounce was too much for Luke Fletcher who could only fend the ball into the hands of William Porterfield at third slip to give Warwickshire their third victory of the season in the LV=CC taking 22 points to Nottinghamshire’s 3 points.


Day 3

An extraordinary day’s cricket at Edgbaston saw Nottinghamshire collapse from an overnight 131-2 to all out half an hour after lunch for 217.

Jeetan Patel ‘s smart return catch from Lumb 51 began the wicket avalanche, before a spell of 3 wickets for no runs from Keith Barker, saw Patel 19,Taylor 80 and Read 0 back in the pavilion.

Rikki Clarke who earlier had troubled Taylor without success, Patel and Rankin then cleaned up the last for Nottinghamshire wickets to leave them trailing on first innings by 246.

Varun Chopra chose to bat again rather than enforce the follow-on, but lost Westwood without scoring Chopra 13 and Evans 2 with only thirty two runs on the board.

Porterfield 24 followed and when Ambrose 21 clipped Patel to hales after tea the Bears were 75-5 with an overall lead of 321.

Rikki Clarke was dropped on a pair but then made Nottinghamshire pay as he and Chris Woakes raced to a half century partnership for the sixth wicket before both batsmen completed half centuries before the Bears declared on 180-6 setting Nottinghamshire a target of 427 for victory.

There was  time for eleven overs before the close when the visitors were 38-0

Day 2

Runs were still at a premium as Laurie Evans and Ateeq Javid completed their half century partnership for the seventh wicket on the second morning while Evans went on to his maiden Championship century with a cut for four off Harry Gurney.

The pair batted on with Javid reaching his fifty and  setting a new record partnership for the seventh wicket against Nottinghamshire before Evans was finally dismissed just after two o’clock, when he and Javid were just one run short of a double century partnership, for one hundred and seventy eight.

Ateeq Javid continued to bat sensibly before edging Shahzad to Read for eighty three before Luke Fletcher wrapped up the Warwickshire innings for 463 with the last two wicketd.

Chris Woakes struck with the first ball of the Nottinghamshire innings trapping Mullaney lbw and after Jeetan Paten had been introduced into the attack, he picked up Hales’ wicket lbw, not offering a shot.

This was to be the limit to the Bears’ success and both Lumb 50* and Taylor 54* batted through to the close when Nottinghamshire were 131-2 trailing by 336 runs.

Day 1

It was a slow morning for scoring for the Bears at Edgbaston, after winning the toss and batting against Nottinghamshire in Warwickshire’s first home Championship match for almost 2 months, Varun Chopra 10, was quickly on his way back to the pavilion courtesy of a high quality delivery from Luke Fletcher that he could only glance to Samit Patel at slip who took a smart chance.

William Porterfield replaced Chopra but found scoring difficult before offering no shot to a ball from Adams and was bowled for ten.

After lunch Westwood completed his half century and completed a fifty third wicket partnership with Laurie Evans before driving Patel straight to Adams at mid-on for sixty eight with Warwickshire 132-3.

Tim Ambrose joined Evans and immediately looked to be in good touch racing to thirty nine before he tickled a ball from Adams down the leg-side to Read. Evans meanwhile completed his half century and now partnered by Chris Woakes took the Bears past 200 and their first batting point.

Two quick wickets then set Warwickshire back, Woakes was bowled by Patel for fourteen attempting to cut a ball too close to the stumps and then Rikki Clarke’s fierce pull off Adams was brilliantly caught at mid-wicket by James Taylor.

With Ateeq Javid, Evans took Warwickshire past 250 just before the close, when they were 254-6 with Evans 85* and Javid 8*. 

Play begins at 11am and live ball-by-ball commentary is available on BBC Radio WM and BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire.

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