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Match report: Notts v Lancs in NCL 2003
by Neil Adams


Scorecard:Nottinghamshire v Lancashire

Summary

The sky was blue and the pitch green. However, when Lancashire won the toss, captain Warren Hegg wasted no time and elected to bat first. Mal Loye found himself back in the dressing room after just 4 balls of the match. Stuart Law smashed 9 boundaries in his 47 before being caught by Chris Read down the leg-side. Hooper and Chapple rescued Lancashire's innings following a mini mid-order collapse. Lancashire's total of 210 seemed 20 or 30 short of par considering the size of the ground. Nottinghamshire started well and soon found themselves ahead of the required run rate courtesy of pinch hitter Paul Franks. A couple of neat catches and 2 sublime run-outs reduced the hosts to 99 for 4. Usman Afzaal held the middle order together during the next 15 overs, but failed to take control as the innings progressed. He only managed 2 boundaries in his innings of 51 and one of them was a lucky edge. With the run rate climbing to in excess of 7 an over, the lower order batsmen failed to cope with Lancashire's high quality bowling and infectious self belief that they were not going to lose. Lancashire remain unbeaten away from home in both the County Championship and the National League, and established a 4 point lead at the top of the table thanks to this performance

 

Bowling Performance of the Day

A special mention for Kyle Hogg. He suffered heavily at the hands of Pietersen during his opening 5 over spell (45 runs - 8 x 4). However, after a short break, he switched ends and bowled his final 4 overs for just 4 runs (Including 2 wides!). He finished with 1 for 49 from 9 overs. Martin finished with 3 for 18 from 7.2 overs. This included being hit for 12 in one over by Paul Franks, Nottinghamshire's pinch-hitter. Carl Hooper completed his spell with figures of 1 for 37. He only conceded 1 boundary - a lucky edge by Afzaal in his 7th over. John Wood finished with 1 for 33 and Glen Chapple 2 for 46 - another solid all round bowling performance

 

Batting Performance of the Day

Carl Hooper scored 71 precious runs from 105 balls (4 X 4 & 3 X 6). He steered Lancashire from a perilous position (99 for 5) and was eventually 8th out with the score on 198. As usual, he combined hard hitting and patient shot selection and never appeared to be in any trouble

 

Fielding Performance of the Day

A combination of sheer brilliance, mixed with a helping of luck enabled Lancashire to dismiss two Nottinghamshire batsmen courtesy of run-outs. Firstly, Darren Bicknell. Kevin Pietersen flicked the ball slightly square of Mal Loye at long-leg. Pietersen did not attempt a second run, but Bicknell did. Loye's throw forced Hegg to jump high above his head to collect the ball. It also forced him away from the stumps. Consequently, Hegg was left with no choice but to flick the ball one handed back toward the stumps without looking. Incredibly, he hit a single stump - Bicknell could not believe his bad luck - Hegg was rightly delighted. The second run out occurred in the 22nd over. Afzaal pushed the ball into the covers. Hogg swooped and his throw directly hit the stumps. Pietersen dived full length to make his ground but failed. He remained face down on the floor for a couple of seconds - a truly vital wicket and superb revenge for Hogg after being smashed to all corners by Pietersen

 

Highlights of the Day

  • Carl Hooper's maximum hit from Stuart MacGill's first delivery of the match - huge - it probably landed on someone's dining room table for Sunday lunch!
  • The never say die spirit on show - even when Nottinghamshire appeared to be in control of the match, the team never stopped believing/working hard in the field
  • Both Nottinghamshire run outs - simply brilliant

 

Lowlights of the Day

  • Chris Schofield's brief innings at number 5 in the batting line-up - he looked out-of-touch
  • Poor Alec Swann - nothing is going his way with the bat at the moment. He was caught by Read stood up to the wicket from the bowling of Clough (A feather edge to the keeper).
  • Kyle Hogg's opening 5 over spell for 45 runs
  • The weather - beautiful sunshine gave way to cloud and a bitterly cold wind

 

Contentious Discussion Point of the Day

Just after Pietersen scored his 50, there appeared to be an unfriendly exchange of words between John Wood and Kevin Pietersen. Both Hegg and Afzaal appeared to intervene, and the umpire requested everyone to calm down. John Wood remained fired-up after the incident. It seemed to make him bowl even better

 

Key Notes of the Day

  • Lancashire won the toss and elected to bat
  • Loye caught Clough bowled Smith 1 - 2 for 1 in the first over - Chilton 1*
  • 50 for 1 in the 9th over - Law 35* Chilton 7*
  • Chilton caught Read bowled Smith 12 - 59 for 2 in the 11th over - Law 39*
  • Law caught Read bowled Cairns 47 - 79 for 3 in the 18th over - Hooper 8*
  • Schofield caught Warren bowled Cairns 1 - 86 for 4 in the 22nd over - Hooper 15*
  • Swann caught Read bowled Clough 4 - 99 for 5 in the 27th over - Hooper 22*
  • 102 for 5 in the 27th over - Hooper 22* Chapple 3*
  • 50 Hooper from 90 balls (4 x 4 & 2 x 6) + 50 partnership - 149 for 5 in the 36th over - Chapple 21*
  • 150 for 5 in the 36th over - Hooper 51* Chapple 21*
  • Chapple 32 dropped by MacGill - 181 for 5 in the 40th over - Hooper 68*
  • Chapple stumped Read bowled MacGill 37 - 186 for 6 in the 41st over - Hooper 68*
  • Hooper caught Pietersen bowled Smith 71 - 193 for 7 in the 43rd over - Hegg 4*
  • Hegg caught Warren bowled Franks 8 - 198 for 8 in the 44th over - Hogg 1*
  • Hogg run out 5 from last ball of innings attempting a bye to he wicket keeper - 210 for 9 from 45 overs - Martin 7*
  • Nottinghamshire require 211 from 45 overs @ 4.68 per over
  • Franks caught Loye bowled Martin 17 - 24 for 1 in the 7th over - Bicknell 5*
  • Warren caught Hegg bowled Martin 0 - 28 for 2 in the 9th over - Bicknell 9*
  • Bicknell run out 9 (Loye/Hegg) - 34 for 3 in the 10th over - Pietersen 6*
  • 50 for 3 in the 14th over - Pietersen 16* Afzaal 5*
  • 50 partnership - 84 for 3 in the 19th over - Pietersen 42* Afzaal 12*
  • 50 Pietersen from 42 balls (9 x 4) - 94 for 3 in the 20th over - Afzaal 12*
  • Pietersen run out (Hogg) 54 - 99 for 4 in the 22nd over - Afzaal 14*
  • 101 for 4 in the 22nd over - Afzaal 14* Cairns 2*
  • Cairns caught Loye bowled Chapple 13 - 127 for 5 in the 27th over - Afzaal 26*
  • Read caught Schofield bowled Hogg 6 - 143 for 6 in the 31st over - Afzaal 36*
  • 153 for 6 in the 34th over - Afzaal 41* Clough 3*
  • Clough caught Martin bowled Hooper 4 (Attempting reverse sweep) - 155 for 7 in the 36th over - Afzaal 41*
  • Randall caught Chilton bowled Chapple 17 - 181 for 8 in the 41st over - Afzaal 49*
  • 50 Afzaal (2 x 4) - 182 for 8 in the 41st over - Smith 0*
  • Afzaal caught Hooper bowled Wood 51 - 184 for 9 in the 42nd over - Smith 0*
  • Smith caught Hooper bowled Martin 0 - 185 all out in the 43rd over - MacGill 1*
  • Lancashire 4 points, Nottinghamshire 0 points, Lancashire win by 25 runs

 

Man of the Match

Carl Hooper for his 71 runs, 2 catches and 1 wicket

 


(Article: Copyright © 2004 Neil Adams http://www.cricketimages.co.uk/adams-report/intro.html)



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