Match Report | 14th July 2008
Patel Century Earns Valuable Draw
Notts all-rounder Samit Patel underlined his ambition to make the cut for England’s ICC Champions Trophy squad with an unbeaten 134 to salvage a draw at Trent Bridge.
Patel and Graeme Swann took Notts from 207-6 to 372-6 before shaking hands on a draw with Notts leading by 187 runs.
“It was a fantastic effort from Samit and the fact that he saw it through and didn’t lose his wicket was very important,” said Notts Director of Cricket Mick Newell.
“It was a good partnership with Graeme Swann and the points that we have earned from the game have kept us at the top of the Championship. If this result had been offered to me yesterday, I would have taken it.”
Newell’s side took seven points from the game to remain clear leaders in Division One of the LV County Championship.
“We made mistakes and we were a bit slap-dash and careless but Surrey’s first innings could serve as a sign that pitches are drying out which will bode well for us,” said Newell.
“We’re top of the table with eight games to go and although it’s far too early to be making predictions, we’re pleased with the position that we find ourselves in.”
Matt Wood was caught behind by Jonathan Batty off Chris Jordan but night watchman Andre Adams hit two sixes and six fours on his way to a useful 58 before he was bowled by Matt Nicholson.
Patel entered the fray with Notts needing 56 runs to make Surrey bat for a second time and produced an assured innings to secure the draw for his side.
Samit Patel hit a memorable 134