September 25, 2022
Recent Match Report – Works vs Notts 2022


Worcestershire 390 (Roderick 102, D’Olivera 85; Ball 3-60, Hutton 3-86) beat Nottinghamshire 128 (Bernard 4-26, Pennington 4-31) and 183 (Hamid 58; White 3-34, Gibbon 3-44) by an innings and 79 runs

Arriving at New Road in the morning after the drama we tasted on Wednesday is like washing yourself after an amazing party. Although there will be some good food left over and the odd bottle of good wine to eat, the fun is over. Such a simile may sound outrageous to both Tom Moores and Liam Patterson-White, and also to that heavy-handed cliché about the uncertainty of cricket, but it is actually after 21 balls of the day’s play. Did not think so.

By that time in the first session, Cathedral had cast his morning shadow, Nottinghamshire’s overnight batsmen left a licky-split, Moors was caught at backward point by a scraping Brett D’Oliveira and Patterson-White. lbw a ball so straight when it hit his pad he almost ran. Those wickets both fell at the hands of Dillon Pennington and he made it very clear that except for Lazarus’ intervention, Worcestershire were going to win the game, almost certainly by an innings and almost certainly too soon.

This was followed by the much-loved cheer knockout by the spectators in which two tailenders raise their averages and take some straight leads and pats and then suggest to the top order that they, the ‘non-batsmen’, did not find the bowling invincible. So Jake Ball and Brett Hutton put on 40 runs in 47 minutes, with most of the boundary behind the wicket and most of Hutton in front of four boundaries.

Eventually the vaudeville came to an end. The ball was caught behind while fencing off Josh Tongue, and seven balls later, Dane Patterson, who rarely sees anyone waiting for his lunch, dismissed Matthew White to Gareth Roderick, who took his fifth catch of the innings, and Seventh catch of the match was given. , It completed a lovely three days for Roderick, who scored a century in the first innings, and also for those who like to watch the good guys get their rewards in life.

As for the broad canvas of promotion and relegation, not much has changed. Despite this win, Worcestershire’s chances of promotion remain arithmetic, although the last three days will be a dream come true for those living in this proud corner of England. Meanwhile, Nottinghamshire know they will be Second Division champions if they beat Durham next week. Accurate calculations, even of the hypothetical variety, must await the results of the games in Bristol and Leicester, but it is still very likely that Steven Mulaney’s team will collect a fair reward for their season’s work.

But harvest comes in many forms and not all of them shine in cabinets. Like wild animals, those of us who love crickets spend these last days taking away the things that will keep us going when autumn turns dark and time returns us to darkness. Animals store food to nourish them and of course leaves to keep them warm, while we collect images and memories that remind us of the days that are most valuable in this threatened world.

Like six months ago, I saw Jack Haynes cover-drive for a century at The Parks. The weather was beyond a man’s will and the weather was banal in front of Haynes and the rest of us. On Tuesday he hit two identical boundaries off Nottinghamshire and I thought I wouldn’t see him stroke the ball like that for six months, maybe longer. That’s why I gathered memories and will keep them safe, because it is no use saying that the cricket we will see on television in winter is what keeps intimacy.

And there have been other personal achievements within these tapestry days. Nottinghamshire are ending the year, possibly with the title toast, and Ball taking 3 for 60 in his first game of championship cricket for 17 months after recovering from a long-standing back problem Would have been happy Then Roderick, whose first season in Worcestershire was hardly a happy one, greeted the ball on Wednesday morning with a graceful straight drive, before scoring his second century in the second consecutive innings off the same bowler.

Tongue comebacks were more modest, two wickets in 19 overs in the match, but they would not take a good bowler, playing only his second first-class appearance since June 2021 and whose career was once threatened by a serious shoulder injury. was. Tongue to dismiss Haseeb Hameed was the best in a game played on a fine pitch.

And the best part about watching cricket at New Road and many other grounds across the country is that the spectators celebrate with and for the players as well. Their perspectives may differ and their degree of knowledge may vary wildly but they are bound by a sport that has sustained them for decades. That game should be preserved as before; It should be defended till the last doubt.

Paul Edwards is a freelance cricket writer. he wrote for TimesESPNcricinfo, Wisden, southport visitors and other publications

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