General News | 25th April 2008

Notts Vs Oxford (Day 3) Round-Up

Half-centuries from Bilal Shafayat, Adam Voges and Chris Read helped Notts to a 5-wicket victory against Oxford UCCE at The Parks.

Will Jefferson top-scored with 98 from 94 balls as he worked to put a marker down for the fastest first-class century of the season.

The award carries a £5,000 prize but Jefferson was caught out by the first ball after tea.

“It was good practice and the fact that we had to chase five runs per over made for a better game of cricket than would have otherwise been expected,” said Notts Director of Cricket Mick Newell.

“Neither of the openers got big totals against Kent so it was good to see Will Jefferson get to 98 so quickly.

“Bilal Shafayat did well and he is putting pressure on the other guys which he knows he has to do to force his way into the side.”

A lifeless wicket didn’t help the bowlers as Oxford cruised to 324-4 from 95 overs before declaring at lunch on day three.

Play was abandoned on day two due to rain forcing Notts to play an attacking game which yielded the necessary runs from 62 overs.

Debutant Luke Fletcher finished with figures of 70-1 from 20 overs as he continues his march towards a first team spot.

A quick 50 off 44 balls from Oxford’s Somerset-contracted batsman Robert Lett was the highlight of the home side’s innings.

Lett hit successive sixes off Graeme Swann but was caught behind by Chris Read from the next ball.

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