Nottinghamshire became the latest side to struggle against the masterly control of veteran New Zealand international spinner Jeetan Patel.

One week after the 39-year old had taken a career best 8-36 against reigning champions Surrey, he tormented the Notts batsmen on the third day of their Specsavers County Championship match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

Notts were bowled out for 97 in their first innings, with Patel taking 6-16. After enforcing the follow-on, the spinner took his seventh wicket of the day but Ben Duckett and Chris Nash fought back with an unbroken second-wicket stand of 76.

At stumps Duckett was unbeaten on 71, with his partner on 26 not out.

Earlier, Warwickshire declared their first innings closed on 391 for nine, with Adam Hose last out, for 111. Luke Fletcher was the most successful member of the Nottinghamshire attack, taking three for 65.

At the start of the day the home side resumed on 311 for seven, with Hose unbeaten on 84 and within sight of his maiden first-class hundred.

The 26-year old was able to quietly move closer to his target, as Jeetan Patel teed off at the other end.

Patel rode his luck on a couple of occasions but made his way to 23 from 19 balls before inside-edging Fletcher onto his middle stump.

Notts gave newcomer Liam Norwell a barrage of hostile bowling, which intensified once James Pattinson replaced Fletcher at the Birmingham End.

The Australian international had bowled quickly, without luck, throughout the innings and again he was unable to find the edge, despite both batsmen playing and missing at him.

Hose was struck on the helmet, ducking into a bouncer from Stuart Broad when on 98 but earned the right to move to his 100 with an uppish slog-sweep once Matt Carter came into the attack.

Either side of that milestone, Norwell hit Carter for two sixes over long on to bring up the fourth 50 partnership of the innings and the runs continued to flow until Hose heaved Samit Patel into the hands of Joe Clarke at deep midwicket.

The declaration arrived at 12.20pm, with Norwell unbeaten on 34.

Ben Slater looked in good early touch but after hitting Oliver Hannon-Dalby for consecutive boundaries he then nicked the next ball to Sam Hain at third slip for 12.

Duckett went 28 balls before getting off the mark but went to lunch alongside Nash, with his side on 18 for one.

Henry Brookes entered the attack straight after lunch and his opening maiden gave no indication as to what was to follow. His next three overs included a flurry of boundaries, five no balls and the wicket of Duckett.

The opener made 15 before mistiming to mid-on a ball that seemed to stop on him.

Nash (25) played three elegant extra cover drives but then nicked Norwell into the catching cordon.

From 69-2 Notts slid dramatically to 79-7 as Norwell and his captain picked up four wickets between them.

Clarke (7) was brilliantly caught at short leg off the Bears’ skipper, who turned one appreciably to bowl Samit Patel (5), either side of Steven Mullaney (0) being caught at third slip.

Tom Moores (4) was given out lbw to Jeetan Patel, the fifth wicket to fall within the space of 11 overs.

Pattinson and Fletcher (3) stayed together for more than eight overs but their partnership was only worth four runs and when the latter nicked behind Notts had lost their seventh wicket of the afternoon session.

The final two wickets were taken straight after tea, with Jeetan Patel removing Broad (6) and Carter (0) in the same over.

Batting for a second time Nottinghamshire’s openers put on 40 for the first wicket but the spinner parted them in just his first over, having Slater (15) caught behind.

Duckett withstood the early pressure and shone with an array of attacking shots, moving to a 90-ball half century, which included 10 fours.

He celebrated by lofting Patel away for a six over the leg-side, before he and Nash made it safely through to the close, which came at 7.13pm.

Notts will head into the final day still 178 runs adrift.


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