Following Nottinghamshire’s crushing LV= County Championship win over Leicestershire, Liam Patterson-White has hailed the Green and Golds as a side full of confidence and character in equal measure.
Notts established a first-innings lead of 108 on the third morning at Grace Road, before bowling their hosts out for just 99 to secure a maximum-point victory as Patterson-White took four wickets.
“I’m absolutely delighted, and so are all the team,” he said, speaking immediately after he had taken the match-winning wicket. “It was a hard-fought win, especially after the first few days with almost a thousand runs scored.
“I think, with that in mind, to then bowl them out for such a low score was a phenomenal effort.”
It was under the testing bowling of Patterson-White that Leics particularly crumbled, as the spinner returned figures of 4-15 from 13 overs in the second innings.
That complemented his trio of scalps on day one in the hosts’ first dig, and having ascended to become the leading spinner in the Championship this season in terms of wickets, his morale is high.
“It definitely gave me a bit of confidence,” explained Patterson-White. “I think I wasn’t even trying to search for wickets, which is something I’ve been guilty of in the past.
“Holding an end up and keeping the stumps in play is my main focus, so to get the wickets anyway was really pleasing.”
In addition to Patterson-White’s match figures of 7-60, there were a number of sparkling batting performances as Notts racked up a total of 548 in what turned out to be their only innings.
However, one man who came in for particular praise from Patterson-White was Ben Duckett, who top-scored with 145 from 153 deliveries in his second century of the season.
“It was a special performance from Ben. It was probably one of the best hundreds I’ve ever seen him hit, and he’s certainly scored plenty!” laughed Patterson-White.
“He’s done well recently without quite getting over the line, but he’s worked really hard and credit to him for going on to get a big hundred.”
Underpinned by Duckett and Patterson-White’s respective performances, the result propels Notts to the summit of Division Two, and Patterson-White is delighted with the team’s position at the halfway stage of the season.
“We’ve come back and forced a result and we’re really pleased about that,” he said, adding that “we thought the pitch was a bit green on the first day, and we thought it would favour a side who would choose to bowl first.”
“But appearances can be deceiving at times, and to fight back in the way that we did gives us a lot of confidence, and with a lot of cricket still to be played, we’re in a good place.”
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