Fixture News | 16th July 2007

Rain leaves Notts with another draw

Mick Newell refused to suggest that Gloucestershire had done anything untoward after the LV County Championship match at Trent Bridge ended in a draw.

Notts 400-8 declared (Hussey 180, Wagh 74, Read 52)
Gloucestershire 0-0 declared

Match drawn
Notts 9 points, Gloucestershire 6 points

With only 32 overs of play possible on day four due to a wet outfield, Notts raced to 400 to secure maximum batting points and immediately with 11 further overs still to bowl.

The objective was to try and claim as many Gloucestershire wickets as possible in that time and possibly gather a bowling bonus point.

Instead Gloucestershire captain Jon Lewis declared his first innings closed after his openers had faced just one ball, denying Notts that opportunity and bringing the match to a close.

With every point likely to prove crucial in the promotion race, Notts are still second in Division Two to Somerset, but have played a game more than Essex and Northants in third and fourth and two more than Middlesex and Derbyshire below them.

But Newell said: "You can't have a go at Gloucestershire for declaring. It's one of those idiosyncrasies in cricket and quite frankly we hadn't even thought of it.

"Fair play to them really, they had nothing to gain from the situation and we didn't see it coming."

Notts have now drawn four and lost one of their last five Championship matches - with all the fixtures heavily affected by rain - and Newell admitted the team are losing points at an important time.

"The momentum is going out of the season and it's certainly affected our Championship form of late.

"But it's not as if we're playing bad cricket when we're batting and bowling, it's just a case of getting out there."

Rain washed out all of day one and forced a delayed start on day two, but Jason Gallian's 45 and a fine 74 from Mark Wagh - his seventh score of 50 or more in his last eight Championship innings - gave Notts a solid start.

That set the platform for David Hussey (pictured) to compile his third hundred of the season and become the first player to pass 1,000 Championship runs for the summer.

More rain arrived for day three, leaving the ground saturated once again, before play was finally able to begin at 4pm on the final day.

Still 129 short of maximum batting points, Hussey launched yet another assault on the opposition bowlers, firing six sixes in all and showing his eye was well and truly set for the Twenty20 Cup quarter-final.

Chris Read also passed 50 while Mark Ealham made 23 to push Notts to the vital score, before the early finish.

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