Notts V Somerset: Day Three Round-Up

Featured News | 8th May 2009

Fifties from Zander de Bruyn and Craig Kieswetter and a reasonable response from Nottinghamshire’s top order have set the scene for a tense final day at Trent Bridge with the home side needing 149 runs to secure a second LV County Championship victory.

Hopes of Marcus Trescothick’s dismissal triggering a collapse were dashed as Kieswetter and de Bruyn eased Somerset from 193-5 to 287-6 but the former was caught behind off Mark Ealham and Luke Fletcher clean bowled de Bruyn.

“The pitch is getting easier to bat on so I wasn’t surprised that Somerset established a decent lead but we’ve got a lot of batting to come and I’m hopeful going into tomorrow,” said Notts Director of Cricket Mick Newell.

“It’s an important run chase for us because victory here could give us a good platform early in the season but the match is finely in the balance.

“We perhaps would have preferred to have been one wicket better off at this stage but Adam and Samit will look to kick on and we’ve got Ali Brown preceding the likes of Chris read and Mark Ealham so we’re in a good position.”

Fletcher returned match figures of  7-109, underlining his growing stature in the Notts ranks, whilst Bilal Shafayat ended Somerset’s stand with a diving catch off Andre Adams.

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