County Championship round-up: Onions just misses 10-wicket haul as Notts feel full force of his frustration
Friday 17 August 2012
Graham Onions unleashed his frustration at missing the cut from a third consecutive Test squad by taking nine Nottinghamshire wickets with an extraordinary exhibition of high quality seam and swing bowling at Trent Bridge yesterday.
The Durham bowler drove 125 miles from London after being released by England at Lord's and arrived in time to team up with his county – in the second day of their match – just as their own first innings was ending.
He took a wicket with his sixth ball as Nottinghamshire began their reply and, three hours later, he had figures of 9 for 67 from 16.3 overs as the home team were bowled out for 154.
Conditions did not usually favour the bowlers but Onions was a class apart from both opposition and team-mates and was denied all 10 wickets only because it was his own throw that ran out Luke Fletcher off Scott Borthwick's bowling.
Four of his victims were leg before wicket and two bowled. He benefited from a couple of generous lbw decisions and a couple of balls that went through at ankle height but, when Graeme White became his eighth victim, it looked a real possibility that he would become only the 81st bowler in history to take all 10 wickets in a first-class innings and the first in this country since Ottis Gibson, then also of Durham, took 10 for 47 against Hampshire in 2007.
But when Fletcher turned the leg-spinner, Borthwick, behind square and set off a little slowly for a single, Onions swooped to field and showed how well he was seeing the stumps at the pavilion end by connecting with a direct hit.
Only Paul Franks maintained any kind of resistance among the batsmen. But just after raising his bat rather pointedly towards the home dressing- rooms on completing only the second half-century of his season, off 66 balls, he too was sent on his way.
Although Onions was clearly the man of the moment, a first-innings lead of 40 for Durham also owed something to a last-wicket partnership of 50 between Mark Wood and Chris Rushworth that not only rescued Durham from 144 for 9 but gave Onions a little more time to prepare.
Tim Bresnan, also released by England, arrived at Headingley in time to bat for Yorkshire and, while he scored only one run, he ended the day with a Derbyshire wicket as they replied to a Yorkshire total of 420.
Elsewhere, left-arm spinner Murali Kartik took 5 for 69 in 28.4 overs but could not deny Middlesex a lead of 88 against Surrey at The Oval. At New Road, where the whole of the first day had been lost to rain, Neil Pinner's maiden half-century helped Worcestershire to 219 for 6 in their relegation battle against Lancashire.
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