October 4, 2022
Recent Match Report – Notts vs Leeks 2022

Nottinghamshire beat 201 (Montgomery 43, Wright 3-26, Barnes 3-32) and 390 (Clark 67, James 61, Hamid 60) for December 7 Leicestershire 93 (Evans 50*, Fletcher 4-23) and 257 (Finnon 58, Mulaney 3-29) by 241 runs

Just as Mark Wood might ride an imaginary horse during a test match, Nottinghamshire might participate in an imaginary promotion race as they approach the winners’ enclosure. At the moment they can do something other than dream. But in at least one championship season, with no confirmation yet, and in a format that has no definite future, they extended their lead in Division Two to 34 points with a 241-run victory. has taken. Day three against Leicestershire.

Nottinghamshire’s closest followers, Middlesex and Glamorgan, have three matches left in their two matches but will play each other at Lord’s next week. Their next match, against Worcestershire on a weekday Tuesday at New Road, will be a promotional party. Possibly.

Their latest win ended in the midst of some play as players went out after six o’clock, Leicestershire nine-down, floodlights blazing, and the final day threatened with a bad weather forecast, and within 10 balls as it was drizzling. Took that wicket. Fall. The gods are then gloating over them, but the question remains whether they will be doubly blessed by the cricket authorities, who would have forced Zeus to procrastinate as well and create another sub-committee.

The big picture was that Nottinghamshire won on the day Andrew Strauss openly lobbied. daily Telegraph The podcast for his often indicated preference for the future of the three divisions of the six and warned that if the counties did not accept the reduction in the amount of championship cricket played, more players would take the easier option and give up county cricket. . An ever-increasing number of T20 leagues around the world. Result: disaster.

Basically, the high performance review message is that you old people want to watch wall-to-wall championship cricket, but we youngsters don’t want to play it, so you better get used to the idea before the walls come up . tumbling down.

Strauss will officially unveil his proposals to the ECB board next Wednesday, with Richard Thompson taking up the chair for the first time. The board will then decide exactly what the counties have to offer, and when, and there is every possibility that the September deadline will not be met. There is also a growing sentiment that any changes may not take effect until 2024. If so, Nottinghamshire, then your promotion may indeed exist.

Nottinghamshire would be equally entitled. They finished fourth in the convention system in 2021, a format that was introduced because of Covid-19, but that feat was rendered irrelevant when counties voted to move back to two divisions this summer. Instead, they were demoted to the second division on the basis of their bottom-place finish in Division One in the last pre-Covid season two years ago.

For all of Strauss’s warnings, it is quite possible that county cricket could choose to downplay the possibility of a brain drain (after all, they have been facing an ECB-sanctioned brain drain for years) and calculate that short- Form is a surplus of global tournaments will eventually explode.

But the argument that England’s professional circuit needs the best versus the best is more in its favour. A look at Leicestershire emphasized just as much. They may be grateful that Strauss isn’t trying to dismantle the 18-team professional system in the naive belief that reducing a game in any way makes it stronger, but that his inadequacy is a powerful advocacy of a fast pyramid system. Which will bring three divisions of six.

They were largely grim on the third day at Trent Bridge, completely lacking conviction and application after the departure of their openers, happy to lose in fateful fashion until the final wicket stand of 83. But there wasn’t a glow that they didn’t deserve.

With rain imminent, lightning flashing in the distance, and knowledge that bad weather was in store for the final day, Leicestershire’s last wicket pair saved an extra half an hour to reach tea at 251 for 9. , his stand was worth 77 in 13.2 overs and the last man, Michael Finnan, a 26-year-old trialist from Cheshire, found himself the owner of the first championship fifty on debut – an innings in which Nottinghamshire hit the old ball in less than a long time. threw it at him. A short leg and five fielders came back for the catch, and Finn was saved by a mixture of luck, judgment and dropped catches.

This was followed by a rain delay of more than two hours before both sides reappeared. Leicestershire had six overs and half an hour to spare. The sky was dark and the floodlights were on. On the 10th ball, Finnan dismissed Dane Patterson at second slip, where Matthew Montgomery took a low catch. Knots is celebrated like it matters, and let’s hope it does this time.

Leicestershire have not won a first-class game in 11 attempts and look vulnerable as having failed to win a single match in 2013 and 2014. A threadbare team was not helped by the absence of Wynn Mulder, who have been called up by South Africa, and Ben Mike, who are bound for Yorkshire at the end of the season. They have competed more efficiently in white-ball formats, only losing a place in the T20 Blast quarterfinals when they were docked, and reaching the Royal London Cup play-offs, but in four days they Scrapping the barrel again. It is because of the strange circumstances that they are playing Nottinghamshire in this season’s championship, but the class gap has become apparent in the longer format.

Their openers adequately resisted the new ball, though it was largely strokeless. Sam Evans had batted for 50 off 93 in the first innings, with no other player reaching double digits (17 extra contributions). His fall, however, was disappointing, as the leg went a few inches off the pitch, he stretched for a drive on a wide ball from Patterson and headed for the keeper.

With Hasan Azad also involved, Notts suffered a bit of a grind on the slow surface, only for their captain, Steven Mullane, to change the tone with a pre-lunch spell of 3 for 15 in four overs. He swings the ball brilliantly several times and introduced subtle variations of pace. A straight one from around the wicket lbw Azad; Louis Kimber, who has been promoted to No. 3 due to his excellent 50-over form, checks out a drive to mid-off; And did a huge inducer for Colin Ackerman, who was lbw.

As Ryan Patel and Harry Swindells attempted to flick a catch at midwicket, six wickets for 121 were down. Ed Barnes, struggling for oxygen as No. 7, stunned doubters in a positive innings of 37, even though his eventual demise was a bit embarrassing as Brett Hutton, after loading the legside field, Barnes hit one in the back, and he caught short leg in self-protection as he fell down.

David Hopes writes for ESPNcricinfo on county cricket @davidkhopps

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