Nottinghamshire 304 v Leicestershire 192 dec & 99/8 (Friendly)
02.04.21 – 03.04.21
Nottinghamshire’s final warm-up game before the County Championship season start on Thursday concluded after 176 overs played with both captains shaking on a draw after two days of cricket at Trent Bridge.
The match was split into sessions, Notts bowling for the first sixty overs of day one and batting the final thirty and first sixty of day two with Leicestershire rounding things off in bat themselves until Saturday’s stumps were called.
It was a good start for Leicestershire who raced past fifty with their opening pair Evans and Hill looking good on Friday morning until Hill, 15 overs in, was bowled LBW by Hutton for 30, the games first wicket.
As Evans retired his bat shortly after the half century mark (reaching 52), it was the turn of Rhodes and Ackermann to build up a score as they surpassed the hundred milestone before Rhodes went for 41 and Ackerman retired on 29 with Leicestershire on 169.
The final eight overs of the visiting teams innings saw Leicestershire reach 192 from their sixty overs with quick wickets taken by Paterson and Chappell before Notts went into bat for the remainder of the day.
The hosts in response ended the day on 75/2 as Slater went LBW for 16 before Hameed was caught Swindells bowled Mike for 23.
With overnight pairing Duckett and Clarke at the crease again for the start of day two, it wasn’t long before the first wicket came as Wright bowled former Northamptonshire man Duckett for 21 before Ben Compton fell shortly after for just two runs scored.
Captain Steven Mullaney didn’t last long either, out for 14 with Notts 100/5 and after two quick wickets seeing off first Joe Clarke (38) and then Tom Moores (14), Notts then went about their business with a cracking effort from Lyndon James who reached 76 not out, assisted by a quick 36 from Liam Patterson-White. Notts ending their score on 304 from 86 of their 90 overs played.
In response, Hill and Rhodes put on 52 for the first wicket before Hutton struck two quick wickets followed by one for James, all of a sudden fifty without loss was 58/3 and when Mike went for 62 (Hutton again) and Parkinson shortly after (Hutton’s fourth of the innings), it was suddenly nervy moments for the Foxes who’s attention and aim was see out the days remaining overs.
Leicestershire then lost the wicket of Steel with the side 91/6 as Patterson-White struck before Evison took Bates for 16 with three wickets and four overs remaining. Klein was next to go off the bowling again of Patterson-White but with two wickets in hand, Leicestershire managed to cling on as they ended their second innings 99/8.
Special mentions for Brett Hutton who took 4 wickets for 7 runs in the second innings, Lyndon James who was magnificent with the bat scoring 76 with a couple of wickets on top. Attention now draws to the season start as it’s down to business against Durham. Notts open up their campaign at Trent Bridge on Thursday with choices to make for the selectors on who gets the nod for the starting XI of the campaign.
*Main image @TrentBridge Brett Hutton took five wickets in the match.