Notts Tumble To
Match Report | 23rd August 2013
Nottinghamshire fell to their fourth defeat of the LV= county championship season when they slipped to a 10-wicket loss, in three days, against Yorkshire at Trent Bridge.
The home side battled throughout the morning session to avoid being beaten by an innings and left the current championship leaders needing only 10 to win after being dismissed for 266.
Chris Read ended his lean run of form with the bat by making 58 and the lower order again offered stern resistance before the inevitable outcome.
Mick Newell, Nottinghamshire’s director of cricket, felt his side had acquitted themselves better on the third day but admitted that earlier failings had been costly.
“266 was far more acceptable from our point of view but the damage had already been done,” he said. “We were disappointed that Yorkshire got over four hundred in their first innings and we should have scored more than 150 in ours.
“We felt it was the sort of wicket where you could create opportunities if you consistently bowled the ball in good areas. They managed to do that, we’ve looked at our dismissals and although one or two fell to loose shots most were actually got out by good bowling.
"We’ve got to have a good long look at why we’re not winning matches.”
Nottinghamshire’s worst fears were realised in the opening over of the day. David Hussey (24) pushed at the fifth ball of the morning and Jonathan Bairstow took the offering.
The dismissal provided Ryan Sidebottom with his 596th first class wicket, matching his father Arnie’s career total.
Sidebottom should have forged ahead in the family tussle but Kane Williamson, at first slip, spilled Riki Wessels – then on 12
Needing some stability, Notts were indebted to a stand of 47 between Read and Wessels. The pair thwarted the championship leaders for more than hour before another edge created the breakthrough.
Wessels (22) nibbled at Jack Brooks and Adam Lyth, at second slip, pouched the low chance.
Ajmal Shahzad again batted positively but had to scamper for safety as a return from Brooks nearly ran him out.
Read advanced to his first championship 50 of the summer (81 balls, 7x4) but then lost his partner just before the break as Shahzad (19) pulled a long hop from Rashid to midwicket.
Yorkshire’s poor over rate had been addressed during the morning session so they began again with Sidebottom and he made another important contribution having the Notts captain caught behind.
Luke Fletcher was dropped on 2 by Williamson (again) but then he and Andre Adams had some fun, each hitting two sixes in an entertaining stand of 34 in five overs.
Rashid eventually wrapped things up, having Fletcher caught for 19, before seeing off Harry Gurney (0) as well.
Adams (31 not out) had taken Notts out of the red with his second maximum but the visitors were left needing only 10 to win and Adam Lyth quickly put those on the board.