Fixture News | 4th June 2007

Notts draw Championship thriller

Jason Gallian insists Nottinghamshire can go into their next LV County Championship fixture full of confidence despite missing out on victory over Leicestershire.

May 30-June 2
Leicestershire 364 (Shreck 5-97)
Notts 102-3 declared
Leicestershire 114-3
Notts 363-8 (Hussey 79, Wagh 78, Gallian 60, Shafayat 45)

Match drawn
Leicestershire nine points, Notts seven points
Scorecard

After the first day of the match at Oakham School was washed out, home captain Darren Robinson agreed with Stephen Fleming to try and set up a final day run-chase.

Notts were set 377 to win off 91 overs and in a nail-biting finish ended just 14 runs short with two wickets remaining.

Gallian believes the way in which the Notts batsmen set about the challenge shows how well the team is playing and said: “Everyone was still very positive after the match finished.

“Yes, there was some disappointment about missing out on the win, as we got ourselves in a very good position only to lose a few quick wickets.

“But there was always just enough in the pitch to offer help to bowlers, and that meant that new batsmen couldn’t get started quickly.

“Given the situation, we couldn’t play ourselves in, and that’s why we saw the collapse later on as we kept on chasing the win.

“We fought hard all the way through and were the team playing the positive cricket. That’s very pleasing and is something we’ll be looking to continue when we take on Glamorgan at Swansea.”

Fleming chose to field after winning the toss on day one, with Charlie Shreck again starring with the ball as he claimed his third five-wicket haul of the season.

Notts batted for 27 overs before declaring in their first innings, effectively forfeiting any batting points in pursuit of 14 points for a win.

After Leicestershire set their target, Notts then reached 311-3 but lost five wickets for 50 runs in the space of 11 overs.

Gallian had set things up with a 123-run opening partnership with Bilal Shafayat, although both then departed quickly and Fleming made only 17.

Another century stand between Mark Wagh and David Hussey put the visitors back in charge, but their dismissals made the chase all but impossible in the closing stages, with the match finishing as a draw.

Director of Cricket Mick Newell said: “We were prepared to sacrifice the batting points as we felt the chance of a win would be worth it.

“I was very pleased with how the team went about the chase and although the close finish means we have to see it as a bit of a missed opportunity, the all-round form of the team is still excellent.” 

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