Notts Still Looking For First Win

Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club are still looking for their first win in this seasons inaugural competition of the Bob Willis Trophy but Coach Peter Moores team captained by Steven Mullaney are looking rejuvenated after a fine display in the third match of the Northern Group against Lancashire before eventually running out of time on Tuesday to end a drawn match at Trent Bridge.

Ben Slater who opened the season with a 172 (against Lancashire) whilst on loan at Leicestershire followed that up against the Red Rose county back in more familiar green and gold scoring 142 as Notts ramped up a first innings score of 472.

Lancs must be glad to see the back of Slater who topped over 300 runs against them for two teams over two matches and the former Derbyshire batsmen now returns to Grace Road where he had a two match loan spell earlier in the month to hopefully inflict pain on the Foxes too.

Ben Duckett was also in fine form last weekend v Lancashire scoring 116 before Notts bowled out the North westerners in between annoying rain spells for just 173 in the first innings of the match.

As time ran down largely thanks to losing a days play on Sunday to rain Notts failed to make inroads after enforcing the follow on during the final days play as Lancs opening partnership of Keaton Jennings and Alex Davies held firm to seal a draw.

That result said, Notts have now amassed more extra points then any other county in the competition after losing narrowly to both Derbyshire and Yorkshire following good starts and terrible ends to their matches so far.

For Notts it has been the final day of four which has consistently let them down but the side are taking wickets and the team are scoring runs so will be positive to break their seasons winning duck this weekend in Leicester.

Leicestershire sit fourth in the North Group table with one win, one defeat and one draw with Notts a place behind in fifth with two defeats and a draw. Whilst a win for either could present an outside opportunity of a finals place a defeat will almost certainly end the season for the losing team.

Notts have made just one change to the squad from the side that featured last weekend with Liam Patterson-White removed from the 13 that were involved at Trent Bridge.

First days play will start tomorrow morning weather permitting at 11am.

Full Squad: Tom Barber, Matthew Carter, Zak Chappell, Joe Clarke, Ben Duckett, Haseeb Hameed, Lyndon James, Tom Moores, Steven Mullaney (c), Samit Patel, Ben Slater, Peter Trego.

*Main image @TrentBridge Ben Duckett and Ben Slater both scored centuries v Lancashire.

Leave a Reply