Warwickshire v Nottinghamshire, LV= County Championship
After trailing Nottinghamshire by 63 runs on first innings, Warwickshire completed a remarkable turn round in fortunes by defeating Nottinghamshire after tea on the final day by three wickets with half centuries from Tim Ambrose and Sam Hain and a significant contribution from night watchman Chris Wright with 45 to add to his first innings 65.
Warwickshire’s final day chase began in the worst possible way when Peter Siddle dismissed Jonathan Trott 19 in the opening over of the day when fending a short delivery into the waiting hands of James Taylor at short-leg, without adding to his overnight score.
Chris Wright however, relishing batting at number four in the order played a series of delightful strokes before edging Fletcher to Read for forty five to give him 110 runs in the match.
The fifth wicket pair of Hain and Ambrose then posted a partnership of 108 before Samit Patel brought Nottinghamshire back into the match with three wickets with just six runs added to the total.
Hain 61 was caught at slip by Hales off Patel who then bowled Woakes for a duck and in the same over Clarke pushed to Jaques at silly point to leave Warwickshire on 234-7 still needing 55 for victory.
Ambrose completed his 50 and with Barker edged towards the victory target with Nottinghamshire delaying taking the second new ball in favour of Patel’s potential with the old one.
Immediately after tea Nottinghamshire took the new ball with 28 runs required by Warwickshire for victory as the visitors gambled on taking the three remaining wickets with their seam attack.
Siddle was cut over third man by Ambrose for six leaving twenty required for victory and now batting with increasing confidence Time Ambrose 82* and Keith Barker 23* saw Warwickshire home to a remarkable victory of the Championship leaders, by three wickets.
Chris Woakes struck early for Warwickshire on the third morning, bowling night-watchman Luke Fletcher for three and then picking up a second when Mullaney played on for 10.
Alex Hales and Phil Jaques took Nottinghamshire through to lunch without further loss with Jaques completing his second half-century of the match but after the break, Woakes took his third wicket when bowling Hales for thirty one. Chris Wright bowled Taylor for 13 as Nottinghamshire extended their lead past 200.
With Jaques beginning to open up, Rankin bowled him for 79 and with Jeetan Patel running through the lower middle order, picking up the wickets of Wessels, Read and Siddle either side of tea for single figures, Warwickshire opened up a door of oportunity that had appeared firmly closed, only an hour before.
Woakes removed Patel and Adams to finish with figures of 5-35, as Nottinghamshire were dismissed for 225 with their last eight wickets falling for just 106 runs.
Chasing 289 for victory with a potential 118 overs available to them, Warwickshire lost skipper Varun Chopra 10, to a loose pull shot off Siddle, that gave Fletcher the simplest of catches at mid-on and as stumps approached on the third day, William Porterfield was lbw to Harry Gurney for 22 leaving Jonathan Trott unbeaten on nineteen with night-watchman Chris Wright and requiring a further 228 for victory with eight second innings wickets remaining.
It took Warwickshire just six overs on the second morning to wrap up the Nottinghamshire innings, with Fletcher chipping Wright to Trott at mid-wicket for two and then Chris Woakes removing Adams and Gurney in consecutive overs to leave Nottinghamshire all out for 406.
In reply William Porterfield edged Siddle to Chris Read for ten and then both Jonathan Trott 23 and Varun Chopra 33 fell just before lunch to Adams and Fletcher respectively.
Tim Ambrose was lbw to Adams just after lunch and when Sam Hain became Siddle’s second victim, Warwickshire were precariously positioned at 125-5.
Woakes and Clarke then added 45 before Clarke 24 was dismissed by Adams who then picked up a fourth wicket when Wessels hung on to a slip catch that had been parried by Patel.
Jeetan Patel made a breezy twenty four before Siddle claimed another wicket but the ninth wicket pair of Woakes and Wright then added 108 runs with both men completing half centuries before Woakes was bowled by Gurney for ninety one and three balls later Siddle bowled Wright for 65, with Warwickshire dismissed for 343 trailing by 63.
There was time for just two overs at Nottinghamshire before the close when they were one without loss.
On a day dominated by Alex Hales, Nottinghamshire reached stumps on 397-7 from 95.1 with Hales making 183 before falling lbw to Boyd Rankin in the penultimate over of the day.
Earlier, after winning the toss and choosing to field first, Warwickshire found the opening pair of Steven Mullaney and Phil Jaques in aggressive form, as the visitors reached 55 in only the 14th over until Mullaney 21, played Rikki Clarke loosely off his legs to the short leg-side boundary, where Chris Woakes took a comfortable catch.
Jaques, now partnered by Alex Hales, completed his half-century as the second wicket pair added 91 runs in 16 overs before Jonathan Trott had Jaques 77, caught at the wicket by Tim Ambrose on the lunch interval.
After lunch James Taylor and Hales added 73 runs until Boyd Rankin had his first over of the day in the 43rd over and was immediately rewarded with the wicket of Taylor 36, edging an attempted drive to Ambrose.
Samit Patel, in tremendous recent form, failed for once when he edged an attempted leg-glance off Rankin and Ambrose completed his third catch.
Rikki Wessels joined Hales and together they added 119 with Hales completing his century with consecutive boundaries off Jeetan Patel, while Wessels went to his half century before finding Porterfield in the gulley off Barker in the second over with the new ball.
Nottinghamshire looked to be going to stumps with five wickets in-hand until Hales was trapped lbw by Rankin for 183 and with the first delivery of the final over of the day Chris Wright picked up the wicket off Peter Siddle for a single as Nottinghamshire closed the day on 397-7 with Chris Read unbeaten on 15.