Notts Beat Durham With Day To Spare

Durham 230 & 117 v 488/9 dec Nottinghamshire (County Championship Division Two) 23.04.22

*day three (of four)

A fantastic performance with bat and ball allowed Nottinghamshire to bounce back from home defeat last week to register their second win of the campaign, their second on the road, as they disposed of sorry Durham in dominant fashion.

Thursday had gone ok, Friday had gone superbly, Saturday went to script of perfection as Notts, starting the day with a most comfortable 141 lead, increased it much further, but along the way lost one or two cheap scalps.

First of those Lyndon James, a best ever 105 not out over night, adding just three to his score before being bowled by Potts. Mullaney would follow for just five, lbw by Raine whilst Moores on naught, three balls in suffered similar fate, open guard and all the way through with his stumps smacked out of ground.

Patterson-White was next, he scored just one as Raine took his third in a terrific spell personally, but a frustrating partnership for the home side helped Slater reach his best ever career high score of 172, the Chesterfield Churner assisted by James Pattinson giving Notts a 199 lead at lunch, before going on in the second spell of the day to grab his 200, before Pattinson was bowled by Potts for a respectable 37, a decent ninth wicket stand of 74.

Fletcher came in for one run before Paterson added seven not out for a last wicket before Nots declared with a 258 lead. Slater unbeaten on an incredible 225 not out.

In reply, Durham’s resistance didn’t last long. Fletcher pinning Jones for just one run before Pattinson got Peterson out for 21 and Dickson went to Paterson for 19, all three top orders out by lbw with the score on 61/3.

Bedingham followed, finding Hameed at mid-wicket from Paterson again, before Fletcher bowled Eckersley for a duck. By tea it was 85/5 with Durham already destined for defeat by an innings and a day.

The final session completing their misery, Fletcher grabbing a third wicket, of Raine lbw for four runs, Drissell then nicked Liam Patterson-White’s delivery to Mullaney at first slip and Pattison grabbed his second taking Potts, caught behind for just one.

With the score on 117 Gibson then went bowled Patterson-White for a duck before Scott Borthwick gave up his, the final wicket of the match, he flicked Pattinson’s delivery straight to Patterson-White at square leg for 25 to seal a memorable and dominant victory for the away side.

Man of the match can only be one man, Ben Slater with a superb unbeaten innings taking the game away from the home side and setting up what allowed the Notts attack to finish the job off all in good time. Feet up now and rest and recoup, next time out is the Bank Holiday weekend as Notts host Worcestershire at Trent Bridge, starting Thursday.

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 Luke Fletcher celebrates one of three second innings wickets.

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