COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE
Chris Nash and Samit Patel shined with the bat on a rain-hit day © Getty
In the 71 overs of play possible on Day 2 at the Nevill Ground, Nottinghamshire managed to reduce the deficit to 101 runs while losing four wickets in the process. Chris Nash’s 67 and Samit Patel’s unbeaten 42 helped the visitors end the day at 208 for 4 in reply to Kent’s first-innings total of 309.
The top three of Nottinghamshire’s batting order all got off to promising starts but only Nash converted that into a half-century while Ben Slater and Ben Duckett fell in the 30s. With Joe Clarke also falling cheaply, Nottinghamshire were in a spot of bother at 117 for 3 before Nash and Patel put on 90 runs for the fourth wicket to steady the ship. Nash’s dismissal in the final over of the day meant that Patel and skipper Steven Mullaney will have to shoulder the bulk of the responsibility on Day 3 to get Nottinghamshire ahead.
Brief scores: Kent 309 lead Nottinghamshire 208/4 (Chris Nash 67, Samit Patel 42*; Matt Milnes 2-49) by 101 runs.
Steven Patterson’s all-round efforts gave Yorkshire some breathing space through a late fightback with the bat and also the ball as Warwickshire ended Day 2 still 67 behind the home team’s first-innings total of 259 with five wickets in hand.
Reduced to 208 for 8 at stumps on Day 1, Patterson came up with a spirited show with the bat as he struck a vital 60. He received support from James Logan in a 48-run stand for the ninth wicket which helped Yorkshire to 259. Warwickshire lost Will Rhodes for 28 but a 101-run partnership between Dominic Sibley and Robert Yates had the visitors in the driver’s seat. Patterson, however, led Yorkshire’s strong comeback with the ball, accounting for the set pair and Adam Hose in quick succession while Matthew Lamb fell to David Willey to leave Warwickshire at 166 for 5. Sam Hain and Tim Ambrose’s unbeaten 26-run association helped in damage control as they took their side to 192 for 5 at stumps.
Yorkshire 259 (Steven Patterson 60, Gary Ballance 54; Oliver Hannon-Dalby 5-76, Craig Miles 4-44) lead Warwickshire 192/5 (Dominic Sibley 67, Robert Yates 49; Steven Patterson 3-21) by 67 runs.