Fixture News | 29th April 2007

Patel sets up Championship win

Director of Cricket Mick Newell was full of praise after another all-round team effort helped Notts claim back-to-back Championship wins.

Notts 399 (Patel 89, Shafayat 79, Wagh 71)
Gloucestershire 328 (Franks 3-53, Sidebottom 3-72)
Notts 333-5 declared (Patel 176, Hussey 77, Read 43*)
Gloucestershire 353 (Franks 3-89)

Notts won by 51 runs
Notts 21 points, Gloucestershire 6 points


After setting Gloucestershire a hefty 405 to win on the final day, it appeared as though Notts would have to settle for a draw when the home side went into tea only three wickets down.

But the team stuck to their task and emerged with an early 10-point lead at the top of the Division Two table, and Newell said: "That was a very satisfying win.

"We knew the match was always likely to be hard work as the pitch got flatter with each day and Gloucestershire were in a good position at tea.

"I always find it particularly pleasing when we win after a match goes the distance. On this occasion we not only had to take 20 wickets, but with the opposition making big totals we also had to outscore them - and we managed to do that."

After losing the toss, Bilal Shafayat and Mark Wagh put Notts in a great position with a second wicket partnership of 162 before both fell in the 70s.

Samit Patel made 89 but couldn't quite take the first innings total past 400 for maximum batting points on the second morning.

Former New Zealand international Craig Spearman proved a thorn in their side with a rapid century but the Notts bowling attack then rattled through the rest of the Gloucestershire line-up.

Patel then made a career-best 176, leading the way in heavy partnership with David Hussey and Chris Read, before the excitement of the final day.

While it looked as though Gloucestershire might escape with the draw at tea, Notts cranked up the pressure when Ryan Sidebottom bowled Marcus North straight after the break.

Graeme Swann and Paul Franks picked up two wickets each before Franks went down with cramp at the end of a long spell, with Mark Ealham stepping in to remove the final two Gloucestershire batsmen in consecutive balls.

Jon Lewis cut Ealham's first ball to the waiting Bilal at gully then Steve Kirby edged the next to Read.

Newell added: "Samit certainly had some luck - he was dropped four times - but he made them pay and once he got into the 90s, he was hitting the ball very cleanly.

"It's not often batsmen like Hussey and Read are left to play second fiddle but that was the case with his innings. Huss was very happy to sit back and let him take charge."

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