Wednesday 30 April 2014 

Nottinghamshire v Warwickshire, LV= County Championship


Warwickshire required only 90 minutes on the third morning, taking seven wickets to complete a 98 run victory over Nottinghamshire, as the home side were dismissed for 202 with Chris Wright taking 4-70.

Day 3

An early wicket with the third delivery of the morning from Chris Wright saw Luke Fletcher steer a short delivery into Ian Bell’s hands at slip before James Taylor and Samit Patel looked to be rebuilding the Nottinghamshire innings. However, Wright dismissed Taylor 19 lbw and then produced an unplayable short delivery to Wessels 0, which resulted in another sharp slip catch, this time by Porterfield.

Next delivery, the first of Barker’s over saw Porterfield repeat the process as Patel 9 edged low and saw Porterfield make a diving catch to bring a third wicket on 156.

Chris Woakes replaced Wright 4-70, and immediately had Read caught at deep mid-wicket by Evans and when he then trapped Carter lbw, the end was nigh for the home side.

Siddle played some attacking shots before Hannon-Dalby had Gurney caught at slip by Patel to bring Warwickshire their first victory of the 2014 season, by 98 runs.

Day 2

A partnership of 72 between Samit Patel 54 and Chris Read 27 at the start of the second day helped Nottinghamshire avoid any potential follow-on, but after pulling Hannon-Dalby through mid-wicket for four, Patel attempted a repeat of the shot but could only top edge a skyer and Ian Bell at third slip ran round to take the catch.

Chris Woakes then wrapped up the Nottinghamshire innings claiming three wickets in an over.

Chris Read was caught down the leg-side by Tim Ambrose and both Andy Carter and Harry Gurney followed without scoring as Nottinghamshire closed on 116 all out trailing by 147 runs on first innings.

Peter Siddle struck with only the second delivery of the second innings, when Varun Chopra edged him and Chris Read completed the catch to be the fifth wicket to fall in the space of ten balls.

Laurie Evans and William Porterfield took Warwickshire through to lunch on 21-1 with the lead 168 runs and after the break were beginning to accumulate steadily until Evans 24 cut a short ball outside the off-stump from Siddle, hard to Michael Lumb in the gulley, who took the catch at the second offering.

Evans’ dismissal led to a collapse as Ian Bell 5 and Ateeq Javid 0 were both caught behind by Chris Read off Harry Gurney, while Porterfield 22 was well taken at slip by Patel off Siddle.

Chris Woakes could only fend a lifting delivery from Fletcher to Mullaney at slip for nine, while after some aggressive shots Tim Ambrose was lbw to Carter for twenty nine.

Keith Barker 19 flashed at a short ball outside the off stump and edged to Read before Chris Wright was lbw to Carter without scoring.

A last wicket partnership of 32 between Jeetan Patel 20 and Oliver Hannon-Dalby 17*, his highest first-class score, ended when Patel lofted Gurney to Fletcher at deep mid on  as Warwickshire were dismissed for 152 in the 40th over leaving Nottinghamshire a target of exactly 300 to win in a possible seven remaining sessions of the match.

Nottinghamshire made a bright start to their chase and with time not being a factor, Mullaney chose to play attacking shots before edging Barker to Bell at slip for 15.

Michael Lumb joined Phil Jaques and the second wicket pair compiled a partnership of 92 and looked to be taking the home side to stumps in a strong position until Jeetan Patel who had put the brake on the scoring rate, trapped Lumb lbw for 40.

As often happens, in the next over, Jaques edged Chris Wright to Tim Ambrose for 64 and the advantage swung back dramatically towards Warwickshire again, as Luke Fletcher, night watchman for the second time in the match and James Taylor safely negotiated the final over of the day with Nottinghamshire 126-3, still requiring a further 174 runs for victory, with two days play remaining.

Day 1

Put into bat by Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire lost Varun Chopra 2, to a smart catch at second slip by Mullaney off Gurney after William Porterfield had played a series of well timed off-side strokes at the other end.

Laurie Evans 13 was next to go, fending a short ball from Andrew Carter to James Taylor at short-leg and just before lunch, Porterfield clipped Mullaney straight back to the bowler for 56.

94-3 at lunch, became 96-4 immediately afterwards, when Ateeq Javid gave Australian Peter Siddle his first Nottinghamshire wicket, when Javid edged to Riki Wessels at slip without scoring.

Tim Ambrose 6 was bowled by Andy Carter with a ball that clipped his off stump while Chris Woakes and Ian Bell added seventy four for the sixth wicket with Bell completing his half century before another diving catch at slip by Wessels off Fletcher brought Woakes’ innings to a close for 27.

After tea, Gurney dismissed Barker lbw for nine and Patel quickly followed in similar fashion to Carter as Ian Bell moved smoothly on to his second century of the season before losing his off stump to carter not offering a shot for 122.

Carter picked up a fifth wicket and a career best 5-55 for Nottinghamshire when Chris Wright spooned a catch to Fletcher at mid-off as Warwickshire were dismissed for 263.

There were 21 overs left in the day for Warwickshire to make a breakthrough at the start of the Nottinghamshire reply and how they responded when Chris Wright pinned Phil Jaques in front, lbw for just a single and he then he picked up the wicket of Mullaney fending a ball to Ian Bell at slip for four.

Barker bowled Michael Lumb 1, with a beautiful in-swinger and Wright collected a third wicket when Taylor was trapped lbw for six and then Oliver Hannon-Dalby had Wessels lbw for eight.

Luke Fletcher came in to steady things down as night-watchman but ended up run out by Jeetan Patel attempting a second run in the final over of the day to leave Nottinghamshire 43-6 and trailing by 220 runs at the close of another extraordinary day’s cricket.

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