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3rd Jun 2019 - 11:00AM Edgbaston, Birmingham
Specsavers County Championship Division One 2019
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Brian Halford
3rd June 2019

Championship Report: Warwickshire v Nottinghamshire

Day Four

Bottom-of-the-table Nottinghamshire overcame a mid-afternoon wobble to bat out for a draw against Warwickshire in their Specsavers County Championship Division One tussle at Edgbaston.

Having resumed on the last morning on 116 for one, needing 294 to avoid an innings defeat, the visitors batted through the final day to end on 354 for eight.

The bulk of the defiance came from second-wicket pair Ben Duckett (140, 237 balls, 19 fours, two sixes) and Chris Nash (85, 216 balls, 11 fours) who added 199 in 66 overs.

When they were separated, a flurry of four wickets in nine overs put the visitors back into jeopardy at 255 for five, still 39 behind, but captain Steven Mullaney (29, 91 balls) and Tom Moores (17, 78) dug in to add 60 and, vitally, eat up 27 overs.

Warwickshire skipper Jeetan Patel wheeled way to add four wickets to his first innings six for 16, and take his haul to 22 wickets in the last two championship games, but ultimately the slow pitch, offering little to any bowler, sentenced the match to stalemate.

After his team was skittled for 97 in the first innings, Nottinghamshire head coach Peter Moores demanded much greater application from the batsmen second time round and Duckett and Nash showed exactly what was required. They combined watchful defence with punishment of anything loose during the morning session.

Duckett reached his 16th first-class century, and first for Nottinghamshire, from 155 balls and the second-wicket pair took their side within 55 of the home side’s total before Duckett was caught at short leg by Sam Hain off Patel.

That triggered a mini-collapse which revived Warwickshire’s hopes of forcing an unlikely victory. Patel tasted more success in his next over when Joe Clarke was brilliantly taken at slip by Will Rhodes, diving to his left almost behind the wicketkeeper.

Armed with the new ball, Henry Brookes then had Samit Patel caught by Hain at third slip and Nash adjudged lbw to a big inswinger.

Mullaney and Moores crucially halted the collapse in nine overs up to tea and resisted into the final session before falling in the space of nine balls, the latter caught at leg-slip off Patel and the former caught behind off Liam Norwell.

That inched the door ajar again for Warwickshire and Luke Fletcher sent up a return catch to Brookes but James Pattinson and Stuart Broad kept their heads down to see the game out.

 

Day Three

Jeetan Patel continued his spectacular run of form as Warwickshire seized control of their Specsavers County Championship match with Nottinghamshire on the third day at Edgbaston.

Warwickshire’s captain took six for 16 as the visitors were all out for 97 in reply to 391 for nine declared.

Following on 294 behind, Nottinghamshire made a much better first of it and reached the close on 116 for one, with Ben Duckett unbeaten on 71, but they have plenty more work ahead on the final day to avoid defeat.

On a pitch offering some, but not extravagant, turn, Patel will aim to continue his purple patch. Having followed match-figures of 12 for 89 against Surrey last week with six for 16, his combined analysis from three successive championship innings is 75.4-39-105-18.

Those wickets took his first class wicket-haul for the county that he first joined in 2009 to 440 at 25.31 – an exceptional effort of sustained excellence in an era when the input of overseas players to counties tends to be fleeting.

The New Zealander’s skills sent Nottinghamshire’s first innings from the relative comfort of 69 for two into freefall as they lost five wickets for ten runs in 59 balls. He exploited the pressure the visitors were under after Adam Hose completed his maiden first-class century – 111 from 202 balls with 14 fours and two sixes – in the morning.

After Warwickshire resumed on 311 for seven, they added 80 in 16 overs. Patel made a brisk 23 before playing on to Luke Fletcher, then Hose and Liam Norwell (34 not out, 43 balls) added 62 before Hose holed out to deep mid-wicket in pursuit of a third successive four off Samit Patel.

Nottinghamshire lost Ben Slater, caught at third slip off Olly Hannon-Dalby, before lunch and Ben Duckett, caught at mid on off Henry Brookes, shortly after the interval but at 69 for two there was no sign of the clatter ahead. Patel and Norwell then dovetailed to devastating effect.

Chris Nash (25, 41 balls) and Steven Mullaney edged Norwell into the slips while Patel had Joe Clarke caught at short leg, bowled Samit Patel and trapped Tom Moores lbw.

James Pattinson and Fletcher dug in to add four in 53 balls before the latter edged Patel behind. Two lbw verdicts, to dismiss Stuart Broad and Matt Carter, left the New Zealander with a six-for and Pattinson unbeaten on six after 83 minutes of noble resistance.

Second time around, Nottinghamshire lost Slater, caught behind,  to Patel’s sixth ball, but Duckett compiled a polished, 99-ball half-century and, with Nash, batted carefully to add an unbroken 76 up to stumps.

Day Two

Rain, bad light, glowering skies, a slow pitch and cautious batting have made for two less than scintillating days cricket between Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire at Edgbaston.

At the halfway stage of this Specsavers County Championship match, the contest is still in its first innings with Warwickshire on 311 for seven when rain set in to prevent play after tea on the second day.

With the pitch showing little indication of breaking up to offer the spinners assistance, it is difficult to see this clash of the bottom two teams in Division One producing a decisive result.

The sluggish nature of the pitch, the cricket and the spectacle were all summed up by both teams taking just one bonus point from Warwickshire’s innings. After 110 overs the score was 237 was five.

The stodgy spectacle has reminded the more venerable onlookers of these teams’ championship meeting at Coventry in 1928, a similarly rain-affected stale-mate which saw Nottinghamshire pile up 656 for three and Warwickshire reply with 371 for nine before rain brought a merciful end to the fixture.

Fred Barratt made his maiden first-class century in that match and there is at least a chance of some history repeating itself here as Adam Hose will resume on the third morning just 16 runs short of his maiden first-class ton. Hose is on 84 from 159 balls with ten fours and two sixes.

After Warwickshire resumed on the second morning on 181 for three, Dominic Sibley (87, 274 balls, six fours) fell in the third over when he edged Luke Fletcher to second slip. Hose then took over the senior role, adding 48 in 14 overs with Liam Banks and, after the latter fell lbw to Matt Carter, 63 in 17 overs with Tim Ambrose.

Steven Mullaney broke through with two wickets in successive overs. Tim Ambrose left a straight one and was lbw to give the Nottinghamshire captain his 100th first-class wicket. Number 101 soon arrived when Henry Brookes was lbw to a big inswinger.

Jeetan Patel smote his second ball for six over mid-wicket and, with Hose batting with increasing fluency, it appeared that the spectators might be about to see some more lively fare. Immediately, the umpires took the players off for bad light – and then came the rain.

Day One

Warwickshire spent the first day of their Specsavers County Championship match with Nottinghamshire very much in the slow lane on a day for the purists among the spectators at Edgbaston.

With the cricket gripped by World Cup fever, and while England and Pakistan peppered the boundaries at Trent Bridge, back in the red-ball world Warwickshire scored 181 for three from 93 overs.

In a tussle between Division One’s bottom two teams, not losing is a high priority and the home side, having chosen to bat, deployed enormous caution, most of all in an afternoon session which brought 39 runs in 35 overs.

Dominic Sibley batted throughout the day in search of his seventh century in nine first-class matches. The former Surrey opener ended it just 19 short, unbeaten on 81 from 264 balls with six fours.

Only 15 boundaries were hit all day as Nottinghamshire bowled with admirable persistence and discipline on a slow pitch. Despite having taken just three wickets, they reined in the scoring so tightly that early wickets on the second morning would put them in a strong position.

Warwickshire started brightly enough as openers Sibley and Will Rhodes added 33 in 57 balls before the latter cut Luke Fletcher to second slip where Matt Carter took a sharp catch in front of his face.

Nineteen-year-old Rob Yates was greeted by an aggressive spell from Stuart Broad but survived to help Sibley add 49 from 25 overs.  Yates reached a career-best 24 (83 balls, two fours) before Broad knocked out his off-stump just after lunch, at which point the session disappeared into inertia.

While Sibley played his customary anchor role, Hain dropped an even deeper anchor at the other end, acquiring just a single from his first 55 balls. Sibley reached his half-century in just over four hours, from 185 balls with three fours, just before tea.

The two anchors added 57 in 39 overs before Nottinghamshire were handed a bonus breakthrough by a running mix-up. Hain, having chiselled 23 runs from two hours 24 minutes, tucked Carter to mid on, set off for a single in which his partner showed no interest and was yards short of regaining his ground when Chris Nash’s throw arrived.

Adam Hose then arrived with a shiny new anchor and he and Sibley added an unbroken 42 in 20 overs, importantly seeing off the new ball, up to stumps.

Warwickshire are unchanged from the team that beat Surrey last week while Nottinghamshire have recalled Samit Patel and James Pattinson for Jake Libby and Jake Ball.

Mat Collis
2nd June 2019

Championship Preview: Warwickshire v Nottinghamshire – 3 – 6 June 19

Warwickshire will aim to build on the momentum from their 130-run Specsavers County Championship win over champions Surrey when they face Nottinghamshire at Edgbaston tomorrow.

The Bears’ four-day season is well and truly up and running after the excellent victory over Surrey courtesy of a strong team performance led by inspirational captain Jeetan Patel with match-figures of 62-32-89-12.

"Now we have got to follow that up against Nottinghamshire and that will be a tough ask."

Jim Troughton

Now the challenge for Patel’s side is to back that result up with another win, against Nottinghamshire.

“It was a great win against Surrey,” said first-team coach Jim Troughton. “We pretty much dominated Surrey over four days of really tough championship cricket. It doesn’t mean that we are the finished article, by any means, and we know we have got lots of things to work on but I was so pleased for the guys because they have taken some hits this season and have taken a fair bit of heat.

“What I really like about them is that they take those hits and stay strong and keep going and they really got their rewards against Surrey.

“Now we have got to follow that up against Nottinghamshire and that will be a tough ask. Similar to us, Notts had a disappointing start to the season but they had last week off to regroup so we know they will come at us hard. It will be a really interesting game.”

Patel took most of the headlines from the Surrey game and rightly so, but Troughton was also delighted by numerous contributions from other players.

“Jeets bowled beautifully all game,” the coach said. “In terms of sustained bowling he is the best in the business and to do that last week while juggling the demands of captaincy was truly exceptional.

“But he didn’t win the game on his own. The support he got from the other bowlers at the other end was critical and there were other key moments in the match like Liam Norwell’s batting in the first innings when he went in and, with Henry Brookes, threw a few punches and turned the game on its head.”

Wicketkeeper batsman Michael Burgess is available for the Bears tomorrow, having begun the loan spell which precedes his two-year deal following his move from Sussex. Ian Bell and Olly Stone are making progress from their long-term injuries but not yet ready to return.

Brian Halford
31st May 2019

The Nuneaton Classic in 1964

Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire meet in the Specsavers County Championship at Edgbaston on Monday - 55 years to the day since they began a championship match in Nuneaton and "in 72 minutes dead, with slagheaps nearby leering at them, Nottinghamshire were flattened before luncheon." Brian Halford reports

The Griff & Coton Ground in Nuneaton was not renowned as the prettiest or most welcoming of venues. When Nottinghamshire visited for a championship match in the first week of June 1964, they were also greeted by unseasonably cold, damp weather – and they didn’t cope well.

Warwickshire’s first innings amounted to 216 for six. A far from imposing total, yet still big enough to deliver victory by an innings and 125 runs after Nottinghamshire, undone by Tom Cartwright, Jack Bannister and David Brown, were bowled out for 34 and 57.

"On a grey first morning and a damp pitch, strangely, Nottinghamshire chose to bat. It was a decision they may have regretted when they lurched to 15 for seven."

Brian Halford

It was Warwickshire’s eighth championship match at Griff & Coton. Having first played there in 1930, they returned regularly throughout the 1960s and, in ’64, arrived in the early throes of what was to become a two-horse race with neighbours Worcestershire for the title.

On a grey first morning and a damp pitch, strangely, Nottinghamshire chose to bat. It was a decision they may have regretted when they lurched to 15 for seven.

Openers Brian Bolus and Norman Hill added a solid six runs but then fell to Brown and Bannister respectively. Notts advanced to 15 for two. Twenty minutes later, courtesy of Bannister and Cartwright, they were 15 for seven. In just 18.5 overs they were rattled out for 34 with only number nine Ian Davison reaching double figures, his ten including a six slogged off Bannister. Bannister finished with five for 24, his fellow medium-pacer Cartwright 5-4-3-4 and highly-promising paceman Brown 5-2-7-1 .

Under an unbroken canopy of dark cloud, Warwickshire’s reply then dipped to 26 for three as John Cotton dismissed Norman Horner, Billy Ibadulla and Mike Smith, but Bob Barber was selectively aggressive. By the close, Barber was unbeaten on 103 and, supported by John Jameson (41) and Cartwright (37) had lifted Warwickshire to 216 for six, already 182 ahead.

That canopy of cloud glowered over the slagheaps throughout the night and all the second day, permitting only three overs of play on day two. Warwickshire declared overnight before Nottinghamshire reached two without loss.

The Warwickshire fans present, many hewn from the mining community of the north of the county, could only hope their team would be permitted time to polish off victory on Friday. In the meantime, they took to the beer tent to discuss Pat Jennings’ £27,000 transfer from Watford to Tottenham Hotspur, the British Medical Association’s request to ITV to stop all cigarette advertising and another five-wicket haul for Worcestershire seamer Jim Standen (against Derbyshire at Chesterfield) just a month after he kept goal for West Ham in their FA Cup final victory over Preston North End.

Those fans need not have worried. On the third day, the rain relented and Notts reached 18 without loss but then fell in another spectacular heap. Geoff Millman batted 85 minutes for eight runs but again only one player reached double figures, Hill with 13. Bannister banked 23-12-18-3 while Cartwright delivered 23.2-12-37-5 to complete match-figures of 28.2-16-40-9.

Warwickshire took 10 points to Nottinghamshire’s none but that title race would go Worcestershire’s way as Standen completed his amazing summer by adding a county championship triumph to his FA Cup winner’s medal.

 

2nd June 2019

Spectator Guide: Warwickshire v Nottinghamshire

Are you visiting Edgbaston this week for the Specsavers County Championship match against Nottinghamshire? Take a moment to read our Spectator Guide to ensure your visit is safe, enjoyable and comfortable.

The First Class match begins on Monday 3 June, with play starting at 11am. Tickets for this match will be available to buy on the day, while under 16s are free.

Key Timings

Gates open: 10am
Play starts: 11am
Lunch interval: 1pm to 1.40pm
Tea interval: 3.40pm to 4pm (or when 32 overs remain in the day)
Scheduled close: 6pm

Tickets are available on the day: Adults £15, Under-16s free
Car Parking is available on the day: £7.50 per car (£5 for Members)

Parking

On-site parking will be available to buy on each day during this week’s match. Parking will be available at the Main Car Park, accessible via the entrance off Edgbaston Road. Please use our post code B5 7QU to find us.

While the Club will always try to accommodate all vehicles visiting the ground, admittance will be on a first come, first served basis. Please plan your journey in advance and arrive early to guarantee your on-site match day parking.

Public car parking may also be available on a pay and display basis in Cannon Hill Park and/or the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Centre, but note that these car parks are not operated by the Club.

Buses

From Broad Street and Five-Ways Island
Service 1 stops outside the ground on Edgbaston Road.

From Bullring (Debenhams bus stops) & Moor Street Station)
Services 45 & 47 provide a frequency of up to every 5 minutes stop on Priory Road, Pershore Road which is only a few seconds away from the ground.

From Bullring (Debenhams bus stops)
Services X61, 63 & X64 stop on Priory Road, Bristol Rd which is a couple of minutes walk from the ground.

From Bullring (Selfridges Entrance) & Digbeth Coach Station
Service 35 takes you just a few minutes walk away from the ground on Willow Road, Edgbaston Road

Under 16s Information

All under 16s must be accompanied by an adult – otherwise they will not be granted entry. All under 16s go completely free but they will need a ticket – please collect one of these from a steward or Store ’94.

Free Stadium Wi-Fi

Working with the ECB and The Cloud, Edgbaston has installed a state-of-the-art free Wi-Fi available for all spectators. To connect search for Wi-Fi networks and select “_The Cloud” upon connection login using your existing Cloud account or complete a once only registration form.

Merchandise

Visit the Edgbaston shop, Store ’94, where you will be able to find a range of fantastic merchandise including replica kit, caps, t-shirts. jerseys and England’s 2019 kit range, featuring the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup shirt.

New for 2019, the shop will be stocking a limited edition retro range from the treble winning 1994 season and a new signature collection. Pop in and take a look.

Tickets for other matchdays at Edgbaston can also be purchased via the Ticket Office located in Store ’94.

Queries

Please email tickets@edgbaston.com if you have any questions about a match day at Edgbaston. Alternatively, please call our team on  0121 369 1994 (option 2), lines are open Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm.

Live scorecard

The match live scorecard will appear here once the match is in play.

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