Fixture News | 4th May 2007

Shreck destroys Glamorgan

Charlie Shreck claimed he'd found his bowling rhythm for the first time this season after blowing Glamorgan away to help Nottinghamshire record their third straight Championship win.

LV County Championship Division Two

Notts 475 (Gallian 178, Patel 108, Hussey 81)

Glamorgan 262 (Ealham 4-37, Sidebottom 3-54)

Glamorgan 205 (Shreck 6-62)

Notts won by an innings and eight runs

Notts 22 points, Glamorgan 5 points

Scorecard

The 29-year-old picked up the first six Glamorgan wickets in their second innings to set up the three-day win, and thanked the Notts batsmen for giving him plenty of runs to work with.

Jason Gallian and Samit Patel both hit their second Championship hundreds of the season, and Shreck said: "It was a good batting track and Jason, Samit and Dave Hussey took full advantage.

"That meant the bowlers had a big score to play with - and also had extra time with their feet up to prepare for the time in the field.

"Once we got into the Glamorgan batsmen the adrenalin carried us through and we were able to finish them off pretty smoothly.

"I've had a bit of a troubled start to the season. I think I need overs under my belt to bowl well and I'm not used to having time off, but I was getting into it in the first innings and that showed with my wickets in the end."

Shreck has a reputation for bowling long spells if called upon and admitted he was reluctant to stop once the wickets began to fall for him.

He added: "I have to admit I don't like having the ball taken away from me and after a week off I felt full of energy.

"We worked to keep the pressure on the opposition at all times and in the end it paid off. The spirit in the dressing room is unbelievable at the moment - when you think about it, we were one run away from the perfect start after three games, having been bowled out by Gloucestershire in our first innings last week for 399."

Notts skipper David Hussey was quick to choose to bat after winning the toss under clear skies but found himself coming to the wicket earlier than expected Bilal Shafayat and Mark Wagh fell quickly on the first day.

Hussey and Gallian rectified the situation with a third wicket partnership of 136 in just 29 overs, before Hussey played one shot too many and was caught behind for 81 off 89 balls, with 12 sweetly struck fours.

Gallian duly went on to his 24th hundred for Notts but his assured innings looked positively pedestrian compared to Patel, who continued his purple patch of form with some stunning shots on his way to three figures.

With plenty of cloud cover around on day two, the ball began to swing and after Notts were all out Ryan Sidebottom swept up three wickets in 14 balls.

Mark Ealham went through the Glamorgan middle order and the visitors were forced to follow on with 10 overs left in the day.

Shreck nailed his first two victims with in-swinging yorkers and gradually worked his way through their batting line-up on the final day.

Wagh ran out last man Huw Waters shortly before tea, giving the Notts team a well-earned day off ahead of their Friends Provident Trophy meeting with Worcestershire on Sunday.

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