Paul Franks has hailed the abilities of Dane Schadendorf and Sol Budinger after the pair shared a 181 run partnership to help Notts chase 381 in a run-laden Second XI Championship fixture at Lady Bay.
The successful pursuit took just 66.1 overs, owing to the better than run-a-ball scoring rate of wicketkeeper-batter Schandorf (133) - who also scored a hundred in the first innings - and aggressive top order batter Budinger (151).
“He [Schadendorf] is desperate to succeed, and very driven,” the Assistant Head Coach said.
“To get two hundreds in a game is special. He looked very settled and was justifiably very satisfied at the end of what was a physically demanding game for him.
“He was on the field for nearly the whole game, but I was delighted for him. He needs to keep going, and trust that the work he has been doing will translate to more runs.”
“Sol was also fantastic, and he has been working hard at his game. The progress he has to make is to understand that there are different scenarios in which he will have to bat, and when he can utilise his aggression - that’s part of his education.”
Having begun their second innings with a 159 lead, Leicestershire added 222 before declaring on the final morning with 80 overs left.
The tactical awareness of Nottinghamshire’s players deserves particular praise, Franks says, given the task in front of them.
Budinger’s opening stand of 106 with Ben Martindale (44), set the foundation.
“Throughout the game, the two results you want to keep on the table are the draw and, ideally, the win,” he said.
“We were never going to win it until the last session, so it was a case of making sure we were in it until then.
“We managed to keep our heads above water and we got a good start, so we were scoring quickly without forcing the rate. That settled the lads.
“We know lady bay can be fast scoring, it was a good day four pitch, there were no demons in it and the lads thought if they were in at the end they could be in a position to win.”
Franks also believes the experience of Zak Chappell, Jake Ball and Matt Carter - who took eight match wickets - is crucial to ensure players continue to develop in the Second XI arena.
Moreover, the victorious display showed the abundance of talent in the club, making for a stronger environment on the whole.
“It makes my job a lot easier when there are senior players in the group who can pass on experience,” he said.
“Guys like Sammy King, Ben Martindale and James Hayes are learning in such a way that they realise what it takes to perform at the highest level, and they gain a hunger to be at this club.
“You want a group that feels like it is progressing all the time, and individuals who think they can achieve
“The greater the depth we have, and the more competition we have, the stronger the system gets. Our job is to make sure the players have all the tools they need to succeed.”