Nottinghamshire v Somerset, Trent Bridge, 2nd day

Patel form flows as Notts dominate

Les Smith at Trent Bridge

June 23, 2014

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Somerset 168 and 106 for 3 (Jones 59*) trail Nottinghamshire 461 (Jaques 113, Patel 94, Mullaney 91, Wessels 76, C Overton 4-102) by 187 runs
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Samit Patel could only add 16 to his overnight total, Somerset v Nottinghamshire, County Championship, Division One, Taunton, 2nd day, May 5, 2014
Samit Patel took his season's tally to 860 runs © Getty Images
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Samit Patel might be remembered in years to come as a man who could have done it for England, but didn't quite manage it, or wasn't given the opportunity to. He's already a Nottinghamshire stalwart, though, and over the last two days has done as much as anyone to put his side into a winning position against Somerset.

Patel was cursing as he left the field on Monday afternoon after being dismissed for 94, but calm reflection will enable him to evaluate his contribution to his team's effort, not only in this match but throughout the season. He now has 860 Championship runs, comfortably ahead of his nearest rival in a high scoring team. Moreover, he has twice contributed to the dismissal of Somerset's batting talisman Marcus Trescothick, a brilliant catch in the first innings, and a pretty nifty one on the second evening, both at second slip.

Patel's 94 contained 14 fours, mostly square on the off side, and an audacious six into the new stand over extra cover off left arm spinner George Dockrell. He shared a partnership of 161 with Riki Wessels, who made 76, 60 of which required no running between the wickets.

On the first morning warm, humid conditions were present, and a pitch with a bit of green about it. Nottinghamshire's captain Chris Read lost the toss, and won't have been disappointed about that last night. His bowlers made hay while the sun sort of shone. But on the second morning a festival of runs looked likely. The pitch had more brown than green about it, and the sun was out.

Somerset would have been cautiously pleased with their progress in the first hour of the day . They had Phil Jaques brilliantly caught at square cover by Nick Compton after he had added just two to his overnight score of 111, and nightwatchman Ajmal Shahzad's admirable resistance was brought to an end when he was caught off Craig Overton, a big unit, even more so than his twin Jamie, and he earned his wicket for his athletic flogging into an unresponsive pitch. Alex Hales looked the part, but when he was on 41 the twins combined to get rid of him, Jamie the bowler this time and Craig the catcher.

Peter Trego found James Taylor's outside edge, and this brought together the Patel-Wessels partnership which has probably put the game out of Somerset's reach. Notts put their foot on the pedal in the afternoon session and were all out on the stroke of tea. They lost their last four wickets for ten runs while the bat was swung, finishing with a lead of 293.

Marcus Trescothick's first innings tormentor Peter Siddle was soon after him again, and the Somerset captain edged him inadvertently over the slips to get off the mark, but it was Harry Gurney who lifted one at him and induced the edge to Patel at head height. Opener Chris Jones finished not out on 59 but Andre Adams took out Nick Compton's off stump, and the third ball of a new Siddle spell from the Radcliffe Road End saw Alviro Petersen trapped on the crease.

Two days into this match it appears quite likely that we won't be here on day four. It's been a fine all round performance by Nottinghamshire so far but Samit Patel stands out today. Somerset have it all to do tomorrow.

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Posted by siltbreeze on (June 24, 2014, 9:04 GMT)

@jim.carter - I don't agree at all. Patel is a fine player and it's debatable who is the better batsman between him and Ali, but Ali is clearly the better bowler and more viable Test spin option.

Posted by JG2704 on (June 24, 2014, 7:42 GMT)

Looks like it should be all over today with Notts winning by an inns. Disappointing from Somerset. When I left yesterday Notts were 5 down for around 250 so I was hoping we could have reduced the lead to less than 150 but Patel and Wessels had other ideas.

Posted by markatnotts on (June 24, 2014, 7:30 GMT)

@jim.carter, probably most England followers but it isn't going to happen. England's loss is our gain. Of course Patel hasn't helped himself over the years.

Posted by Realistic_cri_fan on (June 24, 2014, 2:33 GMT)

Patel in for Ali...How many agree with that?

Posted by Juiceoftheapple on (June 23, 2014, 19:57 GMT)

Samit Patel for the England T20 and ODI teams. Its not rocket science, its just there clear and obvious, and England are determined to miss it. A naturally good player of spin, a big hitter when needed, a quality batsman.

Posted by markatnotts on (June 23, 2014, 19:48 GMT)

Well, a rare day off work in glorious weather - bar the mini storm that brought an early lunch has again gone our way. Somerset were improved on yesterday, and they set up Hales, but all that did was bring our most in form players together. The innings finished meakly, but the damage was done. Nott's looked far more threatening bowling and despite some fine resistance from Jones still got three - and a Stella three out before the close. Looking forward to tomorrow but expect some further resistance. At least it gave me something to enjoy today given events in the Test.

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