Duckett finds form but Pears make Notts struggle-ZoomTech News

Ben Duckett hit his first half-century in 4 innings for Notts to date this season
Vitality County Championship Division One, Trent Bridge (day three)
Nottinghamshire 399& 157-7: Duckett 63; Smith 4-29
Worcestershire 355: Jones 90; Harrison 5-128
Nottinghamshire (6 pts) lead Worcestershire (5 pts) by 195 runs
Match scorecard

New signing Nathan Smith starred with bat and ball towards Nottinghamshire as promoted Worcestershire arrange a very good likelihood of a primary victory since returning to Division One of many County Championship.

The Kiwi all-rounder made 58 as his aspect, six down in a single day, added a vital 135 lower-order runs to whole 355 – a first-innings deficit of solely 44.

He then took an astonishing 4 wickets in seven balls as Nottinghamshire collapsed to shut on 151-7, a lead of 195.

Leg-spinner Calvin Harrison earlier accomplished a maiden five-wicket haul for the house aspect earlier than Smith’s thrilling counter within the night session.

England opener Ben Duckett made 63 earlier than changing into the primary casualty of a triple-wicket maiden for Smith, who then ripped out Pears outdated boy Jack Haynes’s off stump in his subsequent over.

Lyndon James survived the hat-trick however, when Ben Slater went to a reflex short-leg catch off spinner Josh Baker and Harrison was bowled by Adam Finch providing no shot, Notts had misplaced six wickets for simply 19 – on high of being bowled out for 80 on house soil final week to lose lagainst Essex.

The guests’ seventh-wicket partnership had earlier reached 84 earlier than gradual left-armer Liam Patterson-White had visiting skipper Brett D’Oliveira lbw for 54.

However Smith handed 50 from 103 balls after Baker, deceived within the flight, gave Harrison his fourth wicket to a 3rd return catch.

Joe Leach, who escaped a run-out likelihood on one, had shared a key ninth-wicket stand of 68 with Smith, however he was left stranded on 38 when Harrison eliminated final man Finch.

Batting once more, Notts skipper Haseeb Hameed skied Baker to level for 40 earlier than Smith had Duckett caught at sq. leg flicking a ball off his hip.

First-innings centurion Joe Clarke, one among Notts’ 4 former Pears. was fantastically caught by diving keeper Gareth Roderick and Smith additionally shot out Matt Montgomery lbw, each for geese.

He takes figures of 11-4-29-4 into the ultimate day, when Nottinghamshire will be the keener of the 2 sides to hope the forecast rain certainly arrives.

Report provided by ECB Reporters’ Community.

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