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Day 4 of 4
Nottinghamshire won by an innings and 5 runs.

Notts vs Worcs

Pears no match for Notts

Broad claims two wickets in morning, finishes with seven in the match

Broad: Seven wickets in the match

LV County Championship - Division One
Trent Bridge - Day Four
Nottinghamshire 505 (C M W Read 125, A C Voges 99, S R Patel 95, S C J Broad 60) v Worcestershire 354 (S M Davies 126, D K H Mitchell 80, V S Solanki 50, S C J Broad 5-79) & 146 (V S Solanki 64)
Nottinghamshire (22pts) beat Worcestershire (5pts) by an innings and 5 runs

Nottinghamshire made a superb start to their LV County Championship campaign with an innings victory over Worcestershire at Trent Bridge.

The visitors, already forced to follow on, resumed on the fourth morning on 24-3 and soon found themselves slipping deeper into trouble.

The opening session saw four wickets go down, Stuart Broad picking up two of them to finish with match figures of 7-106 ahead of England's Test series with the West Indies.

Andre Adams claimed 3-39 as Notts' seamers prospered despite the extra workload placed on them by Darren Pattinson again being absent from the field with an injured ankle.

Vikram Solanki resisted for almost four hours, making a gritty 64 before becoming the ninth wicket to fall when he drove Graeme Swann to mid-off.

Last man Imran Arif holed out to deep mid-wicket in the next over from Swann, bringing the match to a conclusion shortly before the tea interval.

Day Three

Worcestershire are in danger of suffering a second straight defeat on their return to Division One after being forced to follow on at Trent Bridge.

The visitors closed day three on 24-3 in their second innings, still 127 runs away from making their opponents bat again.

Andre Adams removed opener Stephen Moore and nightwatchman Chris Whelan in the space of three balls before the close of play.

Daryl Mitchell also fell late on, going for nine having earlier made 80 in the Pears' first-innings total of 354.

Steven Davies top-scored with 126, the wicketkeeper batsman hitting 13 fours in his 275-ball stay at the crease.

Ashley Noffke chipped in with 39 but Worcestershire's tail subsided quickly, meaning they fell short of avoiding the follow on by just two runs. Stuart Broad was the pick of the Notts attack with 5-79.

Day Two

Stuart Broad warmed up for England's Test series against the West Indies with runs and wickets as Nottinghamshire dominated day two at Trent Bridge.

The all-rounder made a rapid 60 as the hosts piled on the runs, skipper Chris Read making 125 before they were finally bowled out for 505.

The wicketkeeper's 13th first-class hundred, which included 15 fours and two sixes, helped Notts secure maximum batting points on home soil for the first time since July 2007.

Having hit 11 fours in his 62-ball knock, Broad then showed his value with the ball by claiming 4-35, three of his wickets coming in the space of seven balls.

It took him just 10 balls to get his first victim of the summer, Worcestershire opener Stephen Moore going lbw for eight.

He returned at the Radcliffe Road End to remove Vikram Solanki for 50 and then two balls later had Ben Smith caught by a diving Andre Adams.

Moeen Ali fell in Broad's next over but Daryl Mitchell gave the visitors some hope by reaching the close unbeaten on 52.

Day one

Samit Patel and Adam Voges were both dismissed in the 90s as Nottinghamshire piled up 334-5 on the opening day against Worcestershire at Trent Bridge.

Patel, who was de-selected from England's one-day squad in West Indies last month due to his lack of fitness, shared a 140-run third-wicket stand with Voges after Nottinghamshire had opted to bat first.

Opening pair Mark Wagh (19) and Bilal Shafayat (14) departed early to leave the hosts struggling at 46-2.

But Patel rode his luck, being dropped on six, 29 and 82, to lead Nottinghamshire's counter-attack either side of lunch.

The right-hander struck 15 fours and a six before failing to make his ground when attempting a quick single just five short of three figures.

He had been well supported by the more cautious Voges, who continued to accumulate runs after tea in the company of captain Chris Read.

But the Australian was also denied a century, edging behind off Matt Mason late in the day for 99.

Read (69no) and Graeme Swann (19no) saw Nottinghamshire through to the close without further loss.

Mason (2-60) had led the Pears attack manfully in the absence of Kabir Ali, who is sidelined by a hamstring injury.

Match Details

Date
21st - 24th Apr 2009
Toss
Venue
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Umpires
R J Bailey and R A Kettleborough

worcs BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Mitchell c Ealham 9
Moore lbw b Adams 4
Whelan lbw b Adams 0
Solanki c Broad b Swann 64
Smith b Adams 24
Ali c Ealham 8
Davies c Broad 11
Batty lbw b Broad 3
Noffke lbw b Patel 13
Mason not out 1
Arif c Patel b Swann 3
Extras 2nb, 3b, 1lb 6
Total All out, 67.0 Overs 146
Full Batting Card

notts BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Broad 17 7 27 2
Adams 20.5 6 59 3
Ealham 9.5 4 19 2
Patel 9 3 18 1
Swann 10.2 5 19 2
Full Bowling Card