Three wickets for Chris Wright helped pave the way to Warwickshire’s first County Championship Division One win of 2014 against Nottinghamshire.
Going into the third day 126-3 – having been set a victory target of 300 – the home side would have been very confident at Trent Bridge. But a batting collapse condemned Nottinghamshire to a second defeat in their opening three matches of the season.
And bowler, Chris Wright, was integral in determining their fate. His first victim of the morning session was nightwatchman, Luke Fletcher, whose resistance was only stubborn enough to last for half of the day’s opening over.
His demise was soon followed by a double-wicket over for Wright, who dismissed James Taylor and Riki Wessels in quick succession. The latter returned to the pavilion without troubling the scorers, just three balls after the diminutive batsman fell for 19.
Samit Patel (9) was out just a ball after Wessels. He edged to Will Porterfield off the bowling of Keith Barker at the start of the very next over. With the scoreboard reading 156-7, Notts had suddenly lost the upper hand in the game, and stumbled to a final total of 201 to lose the game by 98 runs.
Runs down the order came courtesy of Peter Siddle, who made 28 not-out but his cameo was too little too late to provide a victory for Chris Read’s side.
Nottinghamshire’s first innings batting performance is where the game was really lost. A meagre 116 that included just two individual scores in double figures left the team facing an uphill battle to salvage anything from the match.
The hosts’ bowlers fought back though, with Harry Gurney and Siddle claiming three wickets apiece to dismiss Warwickshire for 152, second time around, to give themselves a sniff of victory with 300 required.
A strong start was made with Phil Jacques (64) and Michael Lumb (40) carrying the total to 118-1 before both batsmen fell for just six runs. Nevertheless, Nottinghamshire were in a good position going into the final day, but further impressive bowling saw a tame end to their innings.
Both sides struggled at the crease throughout the match – with the exception of Ian Bell. The England international arguably won Warwickshire the game single-handedly with his day one knock of 122.
After drawing at Old Trafford in Peter Moores’ final game as Lancashire coach, and losing to Sussex, Bell’s side finally claimed their first victory of the season, which puts pressure on leaders, Sussex, to get a result from their game with Somerset to extend their cushion at the summit.
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