Notts Attack Rips Through Durham

Durham 230 v 50/0 Nottinghamshire (County Championship Division Two) 21.04.22

*day one (of four)

It was a good day for Nottinghamshire who bowled out their hosts Durham and reduced a chaseable first innings deficit down before dusk with everything still in-tact.

A bit of cloud hovers the early morning Northern skies but generally bright as Luke Fletcher, back from omission after the loss at home to Glamorgan, takes the first ball of the day in Durham, Notts winning the toss and electing to field after a disappointing performance batting first last week following opening match of the season success at Sussex when coming from behind, Durham drawing their first two matches of the campaign against Glamorgan and Leicestershire respectively.

A gutsy start by the home side see them race past fifty without loss, Notts eventually getting their breakthrough when Jones (22) miscues his pull of Dane Paterson’s short delivery straight to the hands of wicketkeeper Tom Moores.

Dickson goes on and grabs his fifty but moments before lunch lets slip on 54, lbw to Fletcher who takes his 600th wicket in all formats, Durham 96/2 at the interval.

Sun out shining and not long before the third would fall shortly into the second session of the day, Petersen (5) this time, going the way of lbw as North-East born spinning star Liam Patterson-White gets his first of the match.

Returning to his roots now as a man, born just across the road from Chester-Le-Street in the red & white, black cat, rokerite, city of Sunderland, before leaving south down the A1 for Nottingham many years ago a boy, where he would play for Farnsfield CC and Notts through the Academies, LPW is these days becoming a very good first class cricketer and he soon had the wicket of Durham skipper Borthwick to his collection, just eight runs scored by the fellow Sunderland native before he edged to Mullaney at slip.

Bedingham would follow, nicking one through to Moores from Paterson’s inswinging delivery, the South African out by his fellow countryman for just fifteen, before Trevaskis gets one in the head, not once, but twice, Durham able to use their concussion sub, Pattinson the culprit for Trevaskis’ early exit, quite viscous with the ball when he gets it right.

The Aussie then uproots the off-stump of Eckersley with a lightening delivery, Durham reach tea 187/6 and their wicket-keeper batsmen is out for 31.

It isn’t long into the final session that Dane Paterson then has a third, Potts caught on the boundary for just ten runs. LPW then matches his near-namesake, it’s quite confusing with all the P’s.. Liam’s third of the match with another plumb lbw of Drissell.

Oliver Gibson is next to feel the force of Patterson-White’s spinning conundrums, bamboozled by the bounce for another leg before wicket.

Last off is Raine who’s 36 ends in the hands of Clarke deep at long off, LPW’s second five wicket haul of the season to end the home sides innings on Chinese Dentist two thirty.

In reply, Notts quickly get up to the race with openers Hameed (23) and Slater (23) ending the day with a fifty partnership between them, a good one for Notts who now trail by 180 with all ten wickets in hand.

Durham XI: Jones, Dickson, Petersen, Borthwick (c), Bedingham, Eckersley, Raine, Trevaskis (Drissell), Potts, Rushworth, Gibson.

Nottinghamshire XI: Hameed, Slater, Duckett, Clarke, Mullaney (c), Moores, James, Patterson-White, Pattinson, Fletcher, Paterson.

Venue: The Riverside Ground, Chester-Le-Street

*Article provided by Daniel Peacock (Editor).

*Main image @TrentBridge the Notts players celebrate an early wicket from Dane Paterson.

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