Cricket: Lewis stays on the beat as hosts plod on

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JON CULLEY at Worksop

Nottinghamshire . . . . . . . . . . . . . .476-6 dec

Glamorgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-0

A LITTLE over two hours' play was possible here yesterday, interrupted by an afternoon cloudburst and terminated by fading light, but it was time enough for Chris Lewis to compile a little more evidence for the Ashes tour selectors to mull over in Manchester today.

The enigmatic all-rounder's unbeaten 68 as Nottinghamshire plodded on before making a 5.15 declaration extends a sequence of eye-catching scores, the most notable of which was his 220 not out against the champions elect, Warwickshire, at Edgbaston, flanked by 95 against Leicestershire and 77 against Worcestershire. During the same four-match span Lewis has also taken 13 wickets.

Bad light denied him the opportunity to add a few more wickets yesterday evening, when Glamorgan's batsmen were required to survive only two overs before a gloomy day became too murky to continue.

This followed a declaration by Nottinghamshire at a total perhaps some way short of what they had hoped for on an easy-paced Worksop pitch. Another 75 runs would have raised the possibility of bowling out the Welsh county twice but, unless Glamorgan fold today, a run chase tomorrow looks the more likely route to a positive outcome.

Glamorgan, nearing the weary end of a disappointing season, may not be flush with motivation but for Nottinghamshire the chance of finishing second in the Championship remains a potent incentive.

Graeme Archer, setting himself to continue his impressive form of Tuesday, extended his career-best score to 168 during the first two periods of play, taking his boundary total to 23 fours and three sixes, but perished first ball when proceedings began a third time, having occupied at the crease for more than six hours.

Lewis, dropped by Hugh Morris off Steve Watkin on 30, gathered nine boundaries and a painful blow on the side, courtesy of Watkin, but was able to bowl with no obvious handicap.

Graeme Hick tuned up for Saturday's NatWest Trophy final with an unbeaten 199, one short of the ninth double-century of his career, to help Worcestershire reach 352 for 3, a lead of 85, against Lancashire at Old Trafford.

Graham Gooch became the 15th player to score 40,000 runs in first-class cricket while Nick Knight celebrated the award of his county cap with a career-best 152 not out as Essex reached 367 for 6 in reply to Sussex's 246 at Hove.