Recent Match Report – Durham vs NOTTS Group 1 2021


Nottinghamshire slip to 85 for 6 in response to 330 before Tom Moores steadies innings

Nottinghamshire 165 for 7 (Salisbury 3-54) trail Durham 330 (Raine 59*) by 165 runs

Durham seized the initiative at a cold and damp Trent Bridge, where a familiar Nottinghamshire collapse with the bat was compounded by an injury to their England fast bowler, Jake Ball.

The 30-year-old, whose return to wicket-taking form last season earned him a place in England’s white-ball squads in India after three years out of the international picture, took two wickets on the first day here but had bowled only nine deliveries on the second morning when a back problem forced him off the field. Nottinghamshire said it was “sore” and is “being monitored”.

With Ball out of the attack, Durham built well on the fightback mounted by Brydon Carse and Ben Raine late on the first evening to post a more competitive first-innings total than had once seemed likely.

Their seam attack then took advantage of difficult batting conditions on a gloomy afternoon to reduce Nottinghamshire to 85 for 6 before Tom Moores and Liam Patterson-White stemmed the flow of wickets in a stand of 56.

Durham’s recovery with the bat had been built around Raine’s unbeaten 59 as their last three wickets added 134. His partnership with Carse – ended by Brett Hutton’s first wicket of his second spell as a Nottinghamshire player – added 54 before last man Chris Rushworth helped put on another 59.

“We have spoken a lot about getting runs down the order because those extra 40-60 runs can make a big difference, especially on a wicket that is doing a bit,” Rushworth said. “Getting from 260 to 330 is a massive difference in conditions like this, so we think we did a really good job batting.

“Speaking to a few of their lads, the wicket didn’t really change much but I think we bowled a fuller length and got more reward from it. There was less wind, too, and the conditions suited, slightly warmer and with cloud cover all day, but overall I think we bowled better.

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