Luke Wood took five wickets in a Specsavers County Championship innings for Notts for the first time on the opening day of today's match against Yorkshire at Scarborough.

The Sheffield-born seam bowler took five wickets against Cambridge MCCU in 2016 and claimed another five when on loan with Northants earlier this year.

Today's heroics against the White Rose - during which Wood claimed five for 67, with all five wickets coming his way before midday - will, he suggests, live somewhat longer in his memory.

“This one feels a little more special,” he said.

“To get my first five-fer for Notts is a bonus - and also to get it in Division One is nice because the Northants one was against Lancashire in Division Two. It’s just nice to back up my T20 form in red-ball cricket.

“I just try and set the tone in T20 cricket but to have the second over is slightly different. Once you’ve got one in your first over though, you are up and away and that’s how it was.

"To bowl the way I did at the top of the innings was nice and really builds my confidence.

“It was one of those days where things go for you. They nicked them, whereas other days they play and miss."

“To get the top five and get them so early was just a dream. They were always going to get a partnership at some point, so credit to the lads who dug in.”

Luke Fletcher bowled the opening over of the morning, so did he pick the wrong end to attack from?

"No, Nashy (captain Chris Nash) picked the ends. The wind was going across the ground so the ends sorted themselves out reall,y but Nashy chose which end I was to bowl from,” he reflected.

“But I was backed up by the others because uphill, into the wind, was hard work, so credit to them for grafting."

The 24-year old was hugely complimentary for the way the final hour unfolded, with Ben Slater and Jake Libby keeping their wickets intact.

“Credit to Slats and Libbs at the end,” he said. “They grafted well, rotated well and left alone, so they are good to go again tomorrow".


There are two further opportunities to catch the Outlaws in T20 action at Trent Bridge this summer, with the next opportunity coming as part of a double-header on Sunday 25 August. The Outlaws' clash against Yorkshire Vikings will be preceded by Loughborough Lightning v Lancashire Thunder in the Kia Super League.

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