Read resists Wiltshire threat

Wiltshire 186-7 Nottinghamshire 189-4 <i>Notts won by six wickets</i>
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Chris Read helped Nottinghamshire to recover from a minor wobble and secure a six-wicket victory over the Minor County Wiltshire in the rearranged Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy second-round tie.

Chris Read helped Nottinghamshire to recover from a minor wobble and secure a six-wicket victory over the Minor County Wiltshire in the rearranged Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy second-round tie.

Read's unbeaten 77 included four sixes and nine fours from 67 balls in a partnership of 120 with Russell Warren, who made 45.

"We were struggling a little bit when I came in but Warren anchored the innings well and gave me room to free my arms and hit boundaries." Read said. "It was a good wicket to bat on and the ball was coming on nicely so I made sure I got myself set before I cut loose.

"I've talked to Mick Newell about moving up to six in the order to give myself the last 15 or 20 overs of a match to bat in and I enjoyed the opportunity it gave me here."

Nottinghamshire had been reduced to 69 for 4, chasing a target of 187, with Michael Coles taking two wickets in an over.

After being put in to bat, the Wiltshire captain, Russell Rowe, got the visitors off to a confident start but a Richard Logan bouncer in the 12th over landed a painful blow on his jaw. He retired hurt on 26, and the seamers Paul Franks and Gareth Clough slowed the scoring.

Franks claimed the wicket of Jamie Glasson, caught by Warren at square leg. Then Chris Budd was lbw to an in-swinger from the returning Greg Smith.

The former Nottinghamshire player and West Indies captain, Jimmy Adams, took a long time to get going but a reverse sweep for four off the leg-spinner Stuart MacGill set him on his way. He and Baqar Rizvi added 52 for the third wicket before Adams charged Kevin Pietersen and was stumped by Read for 43.

Rizvi applied the long handle and was finally bowled by Franks three runs short of a half-century, attempting to hit him out of the ground. Franks also dismissed James Hibberd two balls later with a thin edge behind, while Smith's final over saw the left-armer bowl Coles with a yorker. Richard Bates was run out off the last ball of the innings.

The run-chase started poorly as the Nottinghamshire captain, Jason Gallian, was lbw to Richard Bedbrook. The debutant Anurag Singh looked comfortable until he played all round a straight ball from Hibberd.

Pietersen was brilliantly caught by Bedbrook at cover and David Hussey edged to Adams at slip off Coles, but Read and Warren guided the hosts home.

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