Monday, April 30th, 2018

County Earn Maximum Bowling Points But Suffer Innings Defeat

worcestershire went down by an innings and 41 runs on the final day of the specsavers county championship clash with nottinghamshire at New Road.

the county secured maximum bowling points for the third successive game after nottinghamshire resumed on 204-6 and added 96 before declaring on 300-9 – a lead of 190.

josh tongue finished with 4-81 from 19.5 overs after taking two of the three wickets to fall today with skipper joe leach returning 3-73 from 21 overs.

worcestershire were left 80 overs to survive to secure a draw and were dismissed for 149 in 38.2 overs with tom fell top-scoring with a composed 37.

jake ball (5-59 from 13 overs) was the most successful bowler for the visitors on a wicket still offering assistance to the seamers.

the nottinghamshire overnight pairing of tom moores and broad extended their partnership to 59 in eight overs with a succession of boundaries.

tongue steered worcestershire towards maximum bowling points by having moores (43) caught behind and ball (0) lbw.

stuart broad made 38 before top edging a pull at spinner travis head and skying a simple catch to keeper ben cox.

when worcestershire batted again, ball took the new ball and had brett d’oliveira caught at third slip for a first ball duck and then bowled daryl mitchell (3) with a delivery of full length.

broad had joe clarke (4) was caught behind and head (29) was lbw to become ball’s third victim.

luke fletcher – fresh from his career best 5-27 in the first innings – accounted for george rhodes (8) who edged through to keeper moores and then ben cox (11) who lobbed the ball up to point.

fell’s resistance ended when he was bowled by harry gurney for 37 after shouldering arms.

ball completed his five-for by dismissing leach (6) and ed barnard (12), providing moores with two more catches, before gurney bowled tongue (21) on the stroke of tea.