Wessels 170 Puts
Second XI On Top
Featured News | 4th May 2011
Second Eleven Championship, Day one of three
Nottinghamshire 481 all out Yorkshire 4-1
Barnsley Cricket Club , where umpire Dickie Bird and TV Personality Michael Parkinson used to open the batting together, provided a feast of run scoring on the first day of this Second Eleven Championship fixture.
Akhil Patel and Sam Wood gave Notts the perfect start on winning the toss and batting as they cruised to 142 without loss at lunch.
The partnership flourished after the interval as runs flowed freely. The 200 stand came up in the 44th over and Patel reached his century from 147 balls with 17 fours in the next. An innings pleasing on the eye with some splendid shots through the off side.
"This was the aperitif before the main course, in these parts the Barnsley chop."
Patel was the first to go with the score on 202, caught on the square leg boundary pulling Lee for 103.
Wood was dismissed three runs later for 85, an innings that was carefully constructed but blossomed as he gained in confidence before edging to the keeper again off Lee.
This was the aperitif before the main course, in these parts the Barnsley chop, which arrived in the form of Rikki Wessels and Ali Brown.
These two slowly rebuilt the innings and then took the home attack apart adding 135 for the third wicket in 25 overs before Brown was out for 55 with 32 coming in boundaries including two huge sixes.
After Scott Elstone had gone cheaply, Michael Robson joined Wessels who was on 79 at the time. The pair added 120 for the fifth wicket of which Robson scored 23 as Wessels slaughtered the home teams' bowlers reaching his century off 110 balls and then racing to 150 in a further 24 balls.
Robson fell for 23 and by this time Wessels was hitting at everything and was dropped five times from skiers before being finally stumped on the charge for 170 from 154 balls with five sixes and nineteen fours.
He fell only one run short of the individual highest score for the second eleven against Yorkshire held by Duncan Martindale.