Dane Paterson continued his fine Trent Bridge form with three wickets as Nottinghamshire exerted their dominance over Derbyshire on the first day of their local LV= Insurance County Championship clash.
South African quick Paterson picked up two wickets in two balls in the morning session, before finishing off the Derbyshire innings late on as the visitors were all out for 260, with Notts reaching 22/0 in reply off the day’s final three overs.
James Pattinson took the first scalp of the day before Paterson’s pre-lunch burst, after which Brooke Guest advanced to fifty for the visitors shortly after the first break.
He was emphatically removed by Stuart Broad not long after reaching the milestone, although a stubborn stand between Leus du Plooy, who also hit fifty, and Luis Reece did ensue in the afternoon.
However, that was broken by Steven Mullaney, who saw off the former before tea, with the visitors reaching the second break on 191/5, and as the day wore down, Pattinson collected another scalp, that of Reece.
Former Derbyshire man Ben Slater exposed the tail as he saw Alex Thomson stumped from his very first delivery, before the visitors’ innings was wrapped up by Liam Patterson-White and a third from Paterson
Earlier, Mickey Arthur’s side arrived at Trent Bridge off the back of their short journey up the A52 to be greeted by pleasant enough conditions that gradually transitioned into delicious blue skies throughout the morning.
Such conditions would ostensibly be ideal for batting, but Paterson eliminated any notion that willow would dominate leather before lunch as he followed up on Pattinson’s removal of in-form opener Shan Masood.
Masood had hit 826 runs at an average north of 100 in this season’s County Championship prior to this fixture, but nicked Pattinson behind to Tom Moores when on only 18, marking his lowest score of the year to date.
Following that, Paterson struck twice in consecutive balls to reduce Derbyshire to 41/3, seeing Billy Godleman held by Lyndon James at third slip for 11, before Wayne Madsen nicked behind to Moores for a golden duck.
Guest and Du Plooy came together at that potentially perilous juncture for Mickey Arthur’s visitors, but resisted the Green and Gold attack for the remaining 40 minutes of the morning, as Guest reached lunch on 36 not out.
The in-form ex-Lancashire man converted it into his fourth consecutive score of 50+ with a pull for two off Broad, but the England man had his revenge within minutes as he uprooted Guest’s middle stump to send him packing.
Du Plooy and Reece added 71 in 24 afternoon session overs as they stubbornly resisted the threat from Broad, Paterson, and Pattinson, though Mullaney broke through as Du Plooy was pinned lbw for 57.
That left Derbyshire to take tea on 191/5, and they suffered further loss just six overs into the evening session as Pattinson denied Reece (49) a half-century via a juggling catch from Slater on the backward point boundary.
Slater then proceeded to haunt his old side even further as he was brought into the bowling attack and needed just one ball to remove Alex Thomson for four, stumped thanks to some quick glovework from Moores.
Some resistance from Alex Hughes did allow the visitors to pick up a second batting bonus point, but he was soon to be sent back too, trapped lbw by a hooping Broad yorker for 33.
That confirmed that time was short for the Derbyshire innings, and it fell to Patterson-White to remove his namesake Liam Hurt for 13 just five overs later, also lbw, before Paterson claimed his third by knocking back Nick Potts’ off stump for 7.
Opening pair Slater and Haseeb Hameed then confidently negotiated what could have been a tricky three overs with aplomb, racing through the runs in the early-evening sunshine to cap off a productive day for the Green and Golds.
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