Worcestershire's Richard Jones to the fore as Notts are skittled out

来源:兴发娱乐网址 作者:丁钇绞 人气: 发布时间:2019-11-16
摘要:For the second consecutive season

For the second consecutive season, were widely written off as relegation certainties before a ball was bowled. But the fighting spirit which served them so well in securing survival in the second half of last summer after losing their first six fixtures was again unmistakable on an opening day during which the fall of 20 wickets had more to do with undistinguished batting than a green but far from spiteful pitch.

Richard Jones was Worcestershire's unlikely hero. He may not have played if Gareth Andrew, a key figure in last year's great escape, had been fit to start the season. But the 25-year-old seamer from Stourbridge took six of the last eight wickets as were skittled inside three hours, after being put in.

Even the unbeaten 10 that Jones made in the evening sunshine was crucial in securing a flimsy first-innings lead of 12, with Worcestershire's total representing a decent recovery from 82 for seven. The Notts bowlers were entitled to point out at the close that far more of their wickets had been earned, whereas too many of Worcestershire's had been gifted.

Alex Hales set the tone early, cracking the third ball of the season from Alan Richardson imperiously through the covers – and then edging to slip as he tried to do something similar to the fourth. Michael Lumb was less culpable, nicking a good one from the former Notts left-armer David Lucas that left him, but the next three dismissals were all pretty witless. James Taylor's dismissal on his first Championship innings since his winter move from Leicestershire was similar to that of his England Lions team-mate Hales, as he also perished to an ambitious drive, in his case at Jones, immediately after getting off the mark with a boundary.

Riki Wessels and Chris Read also flirted outside off-stump as though they were batting at Hove in high summer rather than Trent Bridge in early spring, and Notts found themselves 34 for five – the sort of position with which they have become wearily familiar in recent years. Only a mostly sensible, if occasionally lucky, unbeaten half-century from Paul Franks steered them into three figures.

But Worcestershire wickets were soon tumbling, too. Ben Phillips made a promising start to his second season with Notts after a miserable first, dismissing Daryl Mitchell and Vikram Solanki with full swingers, then Luke Fletcher and Andre Adams found a little extra lift to produce the only brutish balls of the day and send back James Cameron and Michael Klinger – an Australian filling in as the overseas player until Phillip Hughes arrives next month. On this evidence, Hughes may have cause to be grateful to the training camp which has delayed his arrival.