Worcestershire 390 v 128 & 183 Nottinghamshire (County Championship Division Two)
*day three (of four) Worcestershire win by an innings & 79 runs
It took only an hour of day three for Nottinghamshire to succumb to an innings and more defeat as they woefully chased the County Championship Second Division title with a whimper in their penultimate game in Worcester.
Remarkably, should Glamorgan fail to beat Derbyshire this week, Notts can still gain promotion to Division One, otherwise a nervy last encounter of the season at home to Durham awaits where victory will seal the title for a team who have topped the table pretty much all-season long.
On Tuesday, hosts Worcestershire were put into bat and reached three short of 300 by the end of play, going on to score 390 all out, thanks largely to a Gareth Roderick century, the wicket keeping batsman coming in at number seven when the home side where up against it at 99 for 5.
By the time they finished their innings on Wednesday afternoon, little did they expect the chasing side to capitulate in a way they haven’t done all season long, but they did, and a first innings score of 128 all out, had little to cheer about.
Following on, Notts were equally as bad, by the end of play yesterday had faltered to 129 for 6, today was about swinging the bat for some nets practice and calling it a day when the tail end was dismissed, regrouping for Durham and hoping to get this one out of the memory bank. Long forgotten and one to forget.
Highlights for Notts were Hutton and Ball taking three wickets a piece. With the bat, Haseeb Hameed hit 37 first innings runs and 58 in the second innings to surpass the thousand mark for the season, he top scored as Notts reached 183 in the second innings which was all over by lunch on day three.
Not a game that will live fondly for Nottinghamshire, not one that was needed either, at this stage of the season, but this side have enough in them to get the job done, let’s hope they can see off Durham next week to end what has largely been a terrific red ball year.
Worcestershire XI: Pollock, Libby, Ali, Haynes, D’Oliveira (c), Barnard, Roderick, Waite, Pennington, Tongue, Gibbon.
Nottinghamshire XI: Slater, Hameed, Montgomery, Clarke, James, Mullaney (c), Moores, Patterson-White, Hutton, Ball, Paterson.
Venue: New Road, Worcester
*Article provided by Daniel Peacock (Editor).
*Main image @TrentBridge Haseeb Hameed couldn’t save Notts from defeat.