Nottinghamshire stepped up the pressure on their Championship rivals Yorkshire and Somerset with an emphatic two-day victory over hapless Warwickshire yesterday, as Ryan Sidebottom presented his county with compelling support for his contract demands.
The 32-year-old England bowler, whose deal at Trent Bridge expires at the end of this season, wants terms that compensate him for the likelihood that his central contract with the national squad will not be renewed.
There will be no shortage of alternatives should his talks with Nottinghamshire fail to reach agreement, but he says he wants to finish his career with the county and eight wickets yesterday, as Warwickshire were bowled out twice, highlighted his commitment and ability.
Sidebottom took 3 for 37 as bottom-of-the-table Warwickshire, 13 for 0 overnight, folded for 121 in the first innings and, while he was upstaged then by a superb performance from the former New Zealand all-rounder Andre Adams, he roared back with 5 for 35 as Warwickshire subsided to 152 all out following on. The figures were his best for Nottinghamshire for four years and rewarded some impressive swing bowling.
Trailing by 207 on first innings, Warwickshire looked to be making a better stab at building a respectable total second time around as they reached 87 for 1 but, after Adams claimed the second of his three second-innings wickets when Darren Maddy spooned a catch to midwicket, Sidebottom struck twice in three deliveries, bowling Varun Chopra and Rikki Clarke with identical yorkers.
Sidebottom had Jim Troughton caught behind off a thin edge before pinning the former England wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose first ball with another swinging, full length ball. He completed his nap hand as Keith Barker edged a low catch. Ateeq Javid was bowled without offering a stroke for the second time in the day as Adams picked up his seventh wicket of the day and Paul Franks finished the job with the last two wickets.
Chopra's half-century was the one redeeming feature of Warwickshire's performance. But their director of cricket, Ashley Giles, finds himself under pressure after seeing his side dismissed on 10 occasions for 155 or less and fail to win a single batting bonus point in six of their 13 matches.Reuse content