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Day 4 of 4
Nottinghamshire won by 6 wickets.

Notts vs Somerset

Sabres cut down at Notts

Voges and Willoughby guide Outlaws to victory

Voges: Two half-centuries

LV County Championship - Division One
Trent Bridge
Somerset 138 (Z de Bruyn 64, L J Fletcher 4-38) & 383 (M E Trescothick 98, Z de Bruyn 54, C Kieswetter 52) v Nottinghamshire 261 (A D Brown 63, A C Voges 63, C M Willoughby 5-81) & 261-4 (A C Voges 73 no, A D Brown 63 no)
Nottinghamshire (19pts) beat Somerset (3pts) by 6 wkts

Nottinghamshire moved top of the LV County Championship Division One with a comfortable six-wicket win over Somerset on Saturday.

The match was interestingly poised at the start of the day, with the hosts requiring 149 runs with seven wickets still intact.

The Sabres made a great start when Charl Willoughby claimed the scalp of Samit Patel lbw (35) early on.

But the South African left-armer did not receive the requisite support at the other end and Adam Voges (73 not out) and Ali Brown (63 not out) followed up their first-innings stand of 119 with an unbeaten, match-clinching fifth-wicket partnership of 124.

Former Surrey star Brown finished the game in style just after 2pm by driving Omari Banks over extra cover for six to secure 19 points for the hosts.

Day three

Nottinghamshire will start the final day against Somerset at Trent Bridge requiring a further 149 runs for victory with seven wickets still standing.

After Alex Hayes (32) and Bilal Shafayat (28) shared an opening stand of 51, Somerset claimed three wickets - including two for paceman David Stiff - to keep their hopes alive.

Stiff (2-35) removed both openers and left-arm seamer Charl Willoughby (1-36) trapped Mark Wagh (14) lbw to reduce Nottinghamshire to 79-3 in pursuit of 261.

But Samit Patel (18no) and Adam Voges (10no) combined to see the hosts through to stumps without further loss.

Earlier, Marcus Trescothick was dismissed for 98 as Somerset extended their first innings from 137-3 to 383 all out.

The former England opener was caught by Shafayat off Luke Fletcher's (3-71) bowling - one of seven wickets in the match for the rookie seamer - to miss out on his century.

But half-centuries from Zander de Bruyn (54) and Craig Kieswetter (52), who shared a sixth-wicket alliance of 94, and solid contributions all the way down the order allowed Somerset to set a testing target.

Day two

Marcus Trescothick finished unbeaten on 66 as Somerset reached stumps on day two at 137-3 in their second innings, a lead of 14, against Nottinghamshire.

The former England opener shared an unbroken 45-run stand with Justin Langer (26no) as the Cidermen battled to keep alive their hopes at Trent Bridge.

Nottinghamshire had earlier turned an overnight position of 55-3 into a first-innings total of 261 all out, giving them an advantage of 123.

Adam Voges (63) and Ally Brown (63) both notched half-centuries during a 119-run, fifth-wicket alliance but Charl Willoughby and Peter Trego ran through the tail.

Left-arm seamer Willoughby finished with figures of 5-81, while medium pacer Trego bagged 3-53.

Day one

Luke Fletcher claimed four wickets as Somerset were bowled out for 138 before tea on the first day against Nottinghamshire.

The Cidermen opted to bat first in lively conditions at Trent Bridge, a decision that looked questionable as they slipped to 61-6, Fletcher removing three of the top four.

Zander de Bruyn and Omari Banks averted total humiliation with a seventh-wicket stand of 68 to get the visitors into a collective three figures.

Ryan Sidebottom, aiming to prove his fitness to the England selectors after a succession of injury problems, removed both Banks (28) and De Bruyn (64) to finish with 3-32, while Andre Adams also impressed with 3-30.

Nottinghamshire reached 55-3 in reply, still 83 behind, before bad light brought a premature end to proceedings.

Charl Willoughby (2-27) dimissed Alex Hales for a first-ball duck and trapped Samit Patel (11) lbw, while in between Ben Phillips (1-11) chipped in with the scalp of Mark Wagh (10).

Adam Voges (8no) joined opening batsman Bilal Shafayat (19no) to see Nottinghamshire through to the close without further loss.

Match Details

6th - 9th May 2009
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
M J D Bodenham and T E Jesty


Batsman R
Shafayat c Kieswetter b Stiff 32
Hales c Langer b Stiff 28
Wagh lbw b Willougby 14
Patel lbw b Willougby 35
Voges not out 73
Brown not out 63
Extras 6w, 6b, 4lb 16
Total Close, 71.1 Overs 261 - 4
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
Willougby 24 5 89 2
Stiff 19 7 57 2
Phillips 10 1 40 0
Banks 6.1 1 22 0
Trego 4 0 21 0
de Bruyn 8 3 22 0
Full Bowling Card