Wood Establishes Advantage
After Bowlers Prosper
Featured News | 3rd August 2010
Ryan Sidebottom underlined his effectiveness on the county scene with two crucial wickets as Nottinghamshire drew first blood in their LV= County Championship match against Yorkshire at Headingley.
Sidebottom flummoxed Jonathan Bairstow with late movement to end his stubborn 45-run stand as Yorkshire posted a first innings total of 178.
"You might get one of them every year,” said Sidebottom.
“I'm very close to Jonny and his family, so I was giving him a bit of lip about getting him out. I'll have to phone his mum up tonight and apologise."
Sidebottom’s renowned aggression and consistency have caught the attention of rival counties keen to lure him away from Trent Bridge as he comes towards the end of his existing deal but Notts are keen to retain his services.
"I've been here seven years and I love playing for the club," said Sidebottom, who last played international cricket in the ICC World Twenty20 Final and hasn’t played Test cricket since January.
"I'd like to finish my career in style with Notts."
Nottinghamshire’s top order reached 147-3 at the close after Matt Wood registered his second fifty in successive matches. Wood fell lbw to Patterson having scored seven fours in his 59 and although Alex Hales (2) and Mark Wagh (4) never got going, an unbroken 50-run stand between David Hussey and Samit Patel has put Notts in the ascendency.
"We would have batted first as well, because I think it's a pretty good pitch," added Sidebottom.
"When it's overcast at Headingley you’ve always got a chance, so as a bowling unit we were happy enough."
Paul Franks and Andre Adams also returned two-wicket hauls whilst Samit Patel mopped up the tail with 2-2 from 21 balls.