Nottinghamshire v Warwickshire, Trent Bridge, 1st day

Notts slump after Jeetan Patel's counter

Les Smith at Trent Bridge

September 3, 2013

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Nottinghamshire 14 for 3 trail Warwickshire 298 (Chopra 76, Patel 66*, Fletcher 5-46, Adams 4-77) by 284 runs
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Varun Chopra was unbeaten on 48 at the close, Warwickshire v Derbyshire, County Championship, Division One, Edgbaston, 3rd day, April 12, 2013
Varun Chopra led Warwickshire with 76 © PA Photos
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There was an audible sigh in the voice of the Trent Bridge PA announcer when he delivered Michael Lumb's mode of dismissal and score just before close of play. Nottinghamshire had lost three wickets in the first four overs of their innings and Warwickshire were firmly in control. Notts have not yet secured Division One survival and there was an air of weary resignation among their supporters in the New Stand.

A flourish with the bat late in the day by New Zealand international Jeetan Patel, batting at No. 9, had put Warwickshire in a position to press their advantage. Patel has 276 Test match runs - not that many but scored at the highest level. His highest Championship score this year is 78 not out, made in his previous match, and there was nothing about the way he went about his business here to suggest he wouldn't have surpassed that had he not run out of partners when was on 66.

Patel was the senior partner in the day's key partnership. When he was joined by 18-year-old wicketkeeper Peter McKay, playing only his second first-class match, Warwickshire were on 192 for 8 and it seemed they might be fortunate to reach 200. As it was, the pair put on 88, the biggest partnership of the innings. McKay made 33, 16 of them batting with a runner after he sustained a leg injury that prevented him from keeping wicket at the end of the day. Patel finished with 66 off just 76 balls, with nine boundaries.

Warwickshire's other significant stand featured Varun Chopra and Laurie Evans, who put on 73 for the fourth wicket. Chopra looked in complete control from the moment he faced the first ball of the match until he swished at a wide ball from Luke Fletcher and gave wicketkeeper Chris Read the first of two brilliant diving catches in successive overs. It was Evans who went next, off the bowling of Andre Adams.

Notts players in early IPL talks

  • Alex Hales and Michael Lumb will have a meeting with Nottinghamshire's director of cricket, Mick Newell, at the end of the month to discuss whether they can appear in the IPL next year, writes George Dobell.
  • Newell prevented any of his players from missing county duty this year but, with Hales currently rated the No. 1 T20 batsmen in the ICC's ranking system and Lumb, 33-years-old and aware that such opportunities may not come too frequently in the future, Newell will be under pressure to rethink that stance.
  • The issue of IPL availability may also be important as Jos Buttler decides which county he will be with next year.

Darren Maddy scored 47 valuable runs in the middle order and also contributed to the day's moment of hilarity. Chris Woakes turned Ajmal Shahzad behind square on the leg side and Read ran round from behind the stumps to field. Woakes was so surprised when Maddy called for a quick single that he slipped, fell flat on his face, and dropped his bat. He scrambled to his feet and scampered batless, more in hope than expectation, towards the bowler's end. He was run out by a distance.

The mainstays of the Nottinghamshire bowling were Fletcher, now Nottinghamshire's leading Championship wicket-taker, and Adams. Fletcher nagged on a good length and occasionally shook batsmen up with a fast short ball. Former New Zealand seamer Adams, now 38, delivered his brisk medium pace off an economical run and found movement in the air and off the seam. Both took four wickets.

Nottinghamshire's cause was not helped by some slack work in the field after lunch. Read had an almost unblemished day, taking four catches, but he was one of two players to miss tricky but catchable chances, the other being Lumb who couldn't hold on to a Keith Barker shot in the gully.

When the Nottinghamshire innings began there were five overs left in the day. In the first Alex Hales played no shot to a Barker inswinger and lost his off stump. In the second, nightwatchman Fletcher was too late on a quick Maurice Chambers delivery and lost his middle stump and then when Lumb edged Chambers to second slip the PA man wasn't able to conceal his dismay.

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Posted by   on (September 4, 2013, 6:30 GMT)

A few days ago, the splendid batting of Nottinghamshire pair Alex Hales' and Michael Lumb's was the cornerstone and foundation of England's impressive 20-20 win over Australia. Against Warwickshire, both collected GOLDEN ducks...

Posted by markatnotts on (September 3, 2013, 22:41 GMT)

It sounds like we bowled pretty well but couldn't finish them off for a par or below par first innings score. As for the batting? It is somewhat ironic we hear of the IPL story on a day when an opening bat needing runs in the Championship is cleaned up first ball misjudging an inswinger! It almost sums up the general attitude I feel is creeping into a club that was a top three finisher in the first division for three years in a row not so long ago (winning in 2010 to boot). They must be pretty assured of not being relegated?

Posted by bears1 on (September 3, 2013, 20:54 GMT)

When are Warks going to promote Patel up the order? Another saving performance with the bat today and yet despite the VERY depleted squad he's still batting at no.9!

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