Notts Thrash Essex To Win Again

Nottinghamshire 323 v Essex 99 & 194 (County Championship Group One)

*Nottinghamshire win by an innings & 30 runs

06.05.21-09.05.21

Like busses, you wait for one for so long and suddenly, two then come at once. The story of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club and their three year chase in search of a red ball win, monkey finally off their back last week after beating Derbyshire, this week it was Essex, champions Essex, who were put to the sword by the Trent Bridge bowling attack.

The first innings was a mess from the current Bob Willis Trophy holders, Sir Alastair Cook, former England captain, a legend of the sport, nicked to Tom Moores by his old friend Stuart Broad for just three runs.

Westley followed, Luke Fletcher taking his first of six wickets. Essex scrambled to 80/5 largely because Nicke Browne with 53 was holding his own, but after wickets for James and Broad, Fletch came on and took not one, but two, then with the visitors 99/7 the Bulwell Bomber really went to work. A career best 6/24 was emphatic from the loveable medium pacer.

Essex lost their last three wickets for no runs, Fletcher on a hat-trick took two in a row before his over ended and Lyndon James went plumb on Harmer LBW to close the innings.

In return Notts stumbled themselves, after a good start, Slater went with the reply on 31, Duckett followed shortly after and although Clarke and Hameed battled through, their two wickets followed with the home side dropping to 84/4 with Hameed going a run short of his half century.

But enter Lyndon James and Steven Mullaney who took the tie back towards the home side, a partnership of 123 helped install a huge first innings advantage, two quick wickets followed but captain Mullaney stuck around, his 117 the highlight of the innings before being bowled by former Notts teammate Peter Siddle. A 16th career century for Mullaney, he also picked up his 8,000th run.

James went for 51, Broad scored 41 from 42 and Notts ended all out for 323, a lead of 224.

In response, Essex only hope was the weather, 129/3 at stumps on Friday they got a bit of luck with a wipeout on Saturday, but under sunnier skies from Sunday morning, their reply fell short by just 30 runs, with Notts still having an innings to play.

Lyndon James the start of the second innings with 4/51 whilst Dane Paterson ended with 3/41 and another win for Nottinghamshire, the second in a row, suddenly group one of the County Championships has a new leader, top of the pile at the half way stage, five games played, two wins, two draws and a defeat, next up a few days off to enjoy before Worcestershire a week on Thursday.

*Main image @TrentBridge Steven Mullaney played a captains innings.

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