Draw With Durham
Match Report | 13th August 2010
Second Eleven Championship
Notts 495 (7pts) drew with Durham 296-2 (10pts )
The weather had the final say in this encounter at Acklam Park , Middlesborough ,as heavy overnight rain left the square waterlogged and no play was possible on the third & final day.
On the first day Notts piled on the runs with centuries from Akhil Patel and Bilal Shafayat. The pair added 237 for the second wicket after the early run out of Neil Edwards.
Following his 69 the day before in the Trophy game Patel was in fine fettle racing to his 50 in just 49 balls. Shafayat was not far behind reaching his half century in 79 balls as Notts reached 192-1 at lunch from 39 overs.
After the interval Patel reached his century from 100 balls with 76 in boundaries followed by Shafayat reaching his from 123 balls with 18 fours.
Shafayat was the first to go trying for a short single on Patel's call only to be run out by Will Smith.
Patel added 63 for the third wicket with Mark Nelson when he was caught by Pringle for an impressive 146 from 175 balls with 23 fours.
Nelson again scored an attractive 62 but it was left to Sam Kelsall to shepherd his fellow Academy players which he did before being out for 61 on 437.
Some lusty blows by Luke Fletcher 31 and a cameo 27 from Michael Robson took the visitors to 495. Unfortunately bad light prevented Durham from facing two overs before the close.
Day two just showed what a flat wicket the teams were playing on as, between showers, Durham scored 296-2.
However the Notts bowlers bowled accurately to limit the home side to less than four an over during the day.
Fletcher (1-62 from 20 overs), Jonathan Miles (0-58 from 19) and Brett Hutton (1-38) bowled impressively and it was in the last hour that with no experienced spinner in the Notts attack Durham scored quickly.
Karl Turner was undefeated on 134 and Michael Richardson, son of former South African keeper Dave Richardson, was not out for 83.
The match was destined for a draw unless imaginative declarations could be made but the weather had the final say.