White Shines In
Match Report | 24th August 2011
Nottinghamshire were able to collect their fifth LV= County Championship victory of the season when they defeated Durham inside three days at Trent Bridge.
Graeme White was the pick of the home attack, ending with a career-best return of 4-72, which he admits came as bit of a surprise to him.
“It was nice how it turned out,” he said.
“It just sort of happened for me because I was just trying to help Chris Read out as well as I could by exerting a bit of pressure on them.”
The 24 year old had claimed three wickets in the first innings but admitted it was tougher second time around.
“They had a plan and just kept sweeping me or reversing me away but then Ready came and asked me to try an arm ball and it got me a wicket straight away.”
White’s second strike came when he dived athletically away to catch Ian Blackwell for the second time in the contest.
“I think this was a better catch to be honest because it didn’t hurt anywhere near as much – he’s a really good player and I’ve enjoyed talking to him this week and he’s taught me a few things. He got me out so I guess we’re pretty level after this game.”
In five championship appearances for Notts White has yet to appear on the losing side.
“I mentioned that to the lads this morning,” he added. “Hopefully I’m a bit of a good luck omen and can keep that run going in four-day cricket for the rest of the season.”
In search of a victory target of 321, Durham began the day on 20-1 but as on the previous morning Andre Adams struck in his first over.
With just his fourth delivery he kissed the outside edge of Michael Di Venuto’s (7) bat and Chris Read took the simplest of offerings.
The same bowler was emphatically then put away through the covers by nightwatchman Mitch Claydon (12) for four but the response was swift as Adams pinned him lbw in the eleventh over.
For the remainder of the 31 over morning session Chris Read rotated his four principle seamers but neither they - nor five overs of spin from Graeme White - could separate Mark Stoneman and Paul Collingwood.
The pair were predominantly watchful but punished anything short or wide as they re-built the innings with a stand of 83 up to lunch. Just prior to the interval it appeared as if Stoneman had edged behind but Read quickly confirmed that the nick had carried as he tried to take it boot-high.
By that stage the left-hander had reached his first championship fifty of the summer, although his celebration was suitably subdued with Collingwood clearly stressing that the job wasn’t yet done.
118-3 after the first session left Durham still requiring 203 more to win – but they would have been the more confident dressing room at the break.
The resumption brought an immediate switch of power though. Mirroring the morning, Notts struck with the fourth ball of the opening over as Collingwood (33) feathered Pattinson through to Read.
Three overs later came a further bonus as Benkenstein (0) went for an extravagant pull and skied Adams to provide the home skipper with his second catch in quick succession.
Stoneman and Ian Blackwell then set in together for 14 overs in a stand worth 28 before Notts struck again. Fletcher, after bowling over the wicket, decided to go around for the first time and had immediate reward, although the batsman was unlucky. Stoneman (74) clipped a good length delivery into his instep and the rebound ricocheted onto the stumps.
From then on White took over – collecting the final four wickets to fall either side of tea. Mustard (12) was pinned lbw, Blackwell (31) falling to an exceptional caught and bowled, Thorp (11) holed out to Mullaney and last man Braithwaite (13) was stumped by Read.
Mark Wood, Durham’s championship debutant, ended on 45 not out as his team-mates fell 67 runs short.