Nottinghamshire 272 Lancashire 77-6: Jake Ball seizes opportunity to surprise Lancashire
Monday 07 April 2014
When conditions help the bowlers at Trent Bridge – and it is rare that they do not at this time of year – things tend to happen quite quickly. Only 34 overs were bowled between a dank, drizzly morning and a spectacular teatime downpour, but that was time enough for this game to advance significantly.
Lancashire needed four deliveries to claim the final Nottinghamshire wicket, but then collapsed to 69 for 6 with Jake Ball, the 23-year-old nephew of former England wicketkeeper Bruce French, taking two wickets on his Championship debut.
But for Peter Siddle’s visa delay and injuries to Andre Adams and Ajmal Shahzad, the right-arm seam bowler would have been preparing to travel to Southend with the Second IX.
Ball took his chance well enough, conceding only one boundary in his first five overs before the big moment of his afternoon, when Ashwell Prince was drawn into playing at a ball angled across him and was caught behind. It was an unusually soft dismissal for the South African left-hander and the key wicket from a Nottinghamshire point of view.
The debutant’s next over was wayward, conceding 13 runs including five wides from one delivery, but then he surprised Luke Procter with an inswinger to claim his second wicket. The other wickets were shared around with no one scoring more than Procter’s 18. Heaven knows what might have happened had Siddle and Adams played, although had Glen Chapple and Kyle Hogg been fit for Lancashire, then Nottinghamshire might well not have made 272.
At Fenner’s the England captain, Alastair Cook, returned to action with Essex, making 39 against Cambridge University before he was leg before to 20-year-old seamer Alasdair Pollock. Cook’s England team-mate Ravi Bopara then shared a century partnership with Ben Foakes.
- 1 All Blacks Aaron Cruden misses New Zealand flight after drinking session, has brilliant excuse
- 2 Kim Kardashian 'nude photos' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
- 3 'F*ck it, I quit': TV reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
- 4 Alicia Keys leaks nude photo 'to create a kinder and more peaceful world'
- 5 Clothes store Joy angers mental health campaigners with Twitter exchange on bipolar disorders
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God