Luke Fletcher claimed figures of five for 67 on the third day of Nottinghamshire’s County Championship match against Yorkshire at Scarborough.

The 30-year old had picked up the scalp of Will Fraine on the second evening and added to it in a lengthy, unbroken 11-over spell after lunch.

It was the sixth time in his career that Fletcher had bagged five wickets in an innings and the second time against Yorkshire.

“Any time you get 5-wicket hauls it is special because you don’t do it too often,” he said.

“To do it here, against a big county like Yorkshire at Scarborough is amazing.

“You get your name up on the board in the dressing room, so it’s a really proud moment for me.

“It’s been a tough game for us but I really enjoyed bowling out there this afternoon.”

Fletcher had just one wicket to his name when he was handed the second new ball straight after lunch.

He was still bowling an hour and three-quarters later after dismissing Tattersall, Bresnan, Kohler-Cadmore and Coad.

“Whenever you are picking wickets up you manage to find a bit of energy,” he reflected.

“I was fine when I was bowling my spell. It’s when you sit down afterwards and take your boots off. You think “I don’t know if I can get up any more!

“But I’m really chuffed to bits. It would be even more special if we could manage to get a result at the end of it but that’s a long way off yet.”

The ‘Bulwell Bomber’ revealed he almost didn’t get the chance to get his fifth wicket, with skipper Chris Nash contemplating a bowling change.

“When they were eight wickets down he came to me and said, “I’m thinking of getting spin on, so just hold it there.”

“I can’t tell you what I actually said but I managed to get him to give me another one and luckily I managed to get the fifth wicket in my next over.”

Fletcher also revealed that partner Kirsty and their two children were on the ground watching his achievements.

“The last time she came to an away match I got five wickets at Worcester last year, so we might have to do it more often,” he laughed.


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