Matt Milnes returned figures of four for 44, the best of his fledgling career, as Nottinghamshire downed champions Essex by 301 runs at Chelmsford.

The 23-year old admitted he came off the field to find his mobile telephone going crazy.

“There’s been a lot of messages from friends and family. They’re buzzing, so I’m looking forward to catching up with them.

“My mum and dad came down yesterday, so they obviously saw the Cook wicket. That was quite a big moment!”

Milnes pinned former England Test captain Alastair Cook lbw for nought, a delivery that would have sent ripples of alarm into the Essex dressing room.

“I felt like I could have got him out in the first innings and then in the second, I managed to nip back and hit the pad.

“I went up and can’t really remember anything else, I just went berserk. I think I ran towards Nashy (Chris Nash) and Ross (Taylor) and hit Riki (Wessels) on the way and almost took him down.”

The young pace man then produced a peach of a delivery to remove the middle stump of the experienced Varun Chopra.

“That was probably the best ball I’ve bowled in the day. It nipped back but probably looked better than it was.”

On the final day Milnes dismissed Ravi Bopara and Matt Coles, to add to his two overnight scalps – but couldn’t get a fifth victim.

“I bowled 10 overs this morning, so the body was sore at the end but the adrenalin was keeping me going, It would have been lovely to get a five-fer but it wasn’t to be, hopefully I’ll get one soon,” he said.

“I’ve been in every squad this year and had to be very patient, which at times can be difficult but you’ve just got to make sure when the opportunity comes you try and take it and that’s what I’m trying to do.

“I got a few messages from Plumtree Cricket Club at the end of play yesterday. I’ve been associated with them from such a young age and I’m fortunate that a lot of people have been rooting for me from there.”

There has even been a suggestion that his local club might be considering putting the Cook dismissal on a loop on the clubhouse television.

“I’m not sure about that,” he laughed. “I think people might get a bit bored soon if I keep going on about it!”


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