Amla Holds Nerve
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Match Report | 23rd April 2010
Hashim Amla held his nerve to steer Nottinghamshire to a closely fought win over Somerset.
Amla's final boundary, deep into the extra thirty minutes, led to passionate celebrations from a nervy Notts dressing room after Paul Franks and Stuart Broad fell to leave the South African Test star with number ten batsman Andre Adams for company.
Needing 250 runs to win, Notts were cruising at 127-1 following a solid recovery from Mark Wagh and Bilal Shafayat after Neil Edwards was caught by Trescothick for one, but the pair were removed in quick succession and Somerset chipped away to setup a tense finale.
“Chasing 250 in a fourth innings is a fantastic achievement because there were some signs of low bounce but the partnership of Mark and Bilal was especially pleasing and Hashim finished things off with the lower order,” said Nottinghamshire captain Chris Read.
“It was a very good win for us and anyone that watched the match would have been entertained by the things that they saw throughout the three days.
“I certainly think that there will be results at Trent Bridge during the early stages of the season and we’ve played on two fantastic wickets.
“Hashim has been brilliant. He’s very calm and composed and he’s never looked like failing.
“Broady’s spell on day two was brilliant and I think a lot of the lads learned something from being part of that.
“I’ve likened it to keeping to Flintoff and Harmison when I played Test cricket because it was the degree of pace. For Broady to come running in as hard as he did for ten overs was a great effort and he is very pleased to have contributed to a great result.”
Trescothick and Damien Wright had shared a partnership of 136 runs to boost their own chances of victory but once Paul Franks induced the former England opener to edge to Ali Brown at first slip, the resistance quickly crumbled.
Notts will now turn their attention to Sunday’s Clydesdale Bank 40 fixture against Leicestershire Foxes at Grace Road.