Featured News | 6th September 2009
No Deal Produces Uneventful Climax
Alex Hales took his maiden first class wicket as Nottinghamshire resorted to novelty bowling to bring a close to their drawn LV County Championship game against Yorkshire.
After the two captains failed to agree on a suitable point for a declaration, Yorkshire reached 519-8 when hands were shaken on a draw at 4.20pm.
Wanting to chase 350 off 70 overs, Read had several discussions with Yorkshire captain McGrath but couldn’t find a compromise and the visitors batted out the overs without any enthusiasm for dictating a target on their own terms.
“We were keen to make a deal but there was some distance between what we thought was realistic and what Yorkshire wanted to offer,” said Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell.
“It was pretty poor to watch a day’s cricket like that but it’s one of the few pitfalls of two-divisional cricket where there is pressure on both teams to get a result in every game.
“I understand Yorkshire’s point of view because they are under pressure at the wrong end of the table and they don’t want to risk losing matches. They’ll feel that they can get out of trouble without having to win another game this season.”
Hales finished with 2-63 from 20 overs and Ali Brown took a return catch to dismiss Wainwright for six.
Scott Newman also bowled a six over spell with Read serving an over of off-spin. Richard Pyrah finished unbeaten on 50 alongside Matthew Hoggard whilst Bairstow (82), Brophy (29) and Shahzad (45) also took advantage of Nottinghamshire’s part-time bowlers.
Paul Franks will miss the remainder of the season after an x-ray confirmed that he fractured and dislocated his finger in the field on Saturday. Franks returned briefly on Sunday to bowl a spell but a cast will prevent him from holding a bat for Nottinghamshire’s run-in.
Andre Adams should recover from a virus to take his place in the squad to face Durham whilst Darren Pattinson and Mark Ealham will not travel to Sussex for tomorrow’s NatWest Pro40 fixture to preserve their fitness for the crucial LV County Championship encounter.
The result propels Nottinghamshire to second in the table, 27 points behind Durham who will host Newell’s side from Wednesday.