Chanpionship cricket at its classic absorbing best...a good day to win the toss and bat in the sunshine. We had other ideas on the whiteish Gardens wicket. Frugal tight bowling and fielding intensity to put the brakes on from the off.
Notts were forced to crawl along until halfway through the day. Timm got Mullaney caught behind then Pujara and Patel went too cheaply. Patel had his pads rapped and the umpire chose against raising a perpendicular finger. Donald great diving catch to remove Pujara.
After 64/3 at lunch Lumb on 0 seemed caught behind, started walking and about turned back to the crease when Cooke admitted the ball bounced just before he caught it. Very sporting. Carey got him on 23. Son of Keppler stuck around to make it 155/4 at tea.
Despite the run rate being condensed it got better Libby made 109... with his chanceless ton coming in the 73rd before falling to Timm.
Scoring got a bit easier with the new ball.. Wessels 100 off 118 balls, finishing on 120..another highlight as was Carey who impressed again...on another day he'll have more in the w column. Timm 4/52 excellent. All the bowlers did well. Notts proving they bat so deep a score of 400+ should be quite attainable.
Be interesting to see how this game pans out...
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