July 8, 2000

Notts bowl themselves back into game

A goodish morning session for Nottinghamshire, capturing 4 Essex wickets and giving themselves and opportunity of not only taking full bowling points but also getting back into contention in this match.

Morning rain delayed the start by half an hour but in the first over of the day Stuart Law ran Paul Reiffel to the third-man boundary to take Essex past 350, earning them a fourth batting point. It was no real surprise when the rain reappeared and the umpires took the players off during the fifth over of the day but the interruption, thankfully, was brief.

Andrew Harris, known by one and all as 'AJ', was Notts most successful bowler on the first day and also the most overworked and in his 29th over he gained more reward, grabbing the prize wicket of Law. Having driven the previous ball to the extra cover boundary the Australian flashed at a widish delivery and Chris Read took the edge moving well to his right. Law out for a highly accomplished 165.

Having made their first breakthrough of the day Notts captured another wicket in the very next over. Law's overnight partner Ronnie Irani clipped Reiffel straight into the hands of Usman Afzaal at square leg.

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Stephen Peters, a young batsman who hasn't yet begun to fulfil his early promise, disappointed his followers with another duck - Harris trapping him in front and suddenly Notts had picked up three wickets in ten deliveries to earn their second bowling point.

Barry Hyam and Danny Law then put on 19 runs for Essex's 7th wicket before Paul Reiffel returned for his second spell. Bowling from the Radcliffe Road end for the first time in the match he had immediate success, knocking back Hyam's off stump first ball.

Five consecutive maidens were played out before Essex nudged their way past 400 just before lunch.