Warwickshire 248 & 285 Nottinghamshire 157 & 190-5: Klokker centre of bizarre glove story

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Apart from reaffirming Warwickshire's desire to win back the Championship from Nottinghamshire, this will be recalled as the game of five wicketkeepers, one of whom achieved the distinction - surely unique - of playing for the host county's second team and the visitors' firsts in the same day.

Warwickshire's Freddie Klokkermade a senior debut in the Championship match against Sussex last month but has been allowed to have a trial with Nottinghamshire, for whose second XI he was appearing against Derbyshire in Belper yesterday morning when Warwickshire found themselves with a wicketkeeping crisis.

Tony Frost could not don the gloves yesterday because of a damaged finger, when Michael Powell had to take over behind the stumps. It prompted Warwickshire to ask if they could borrow Klokker. Nottinghamshire agreed and Klokker retired on 20 not out so that he could make the 40-minute drive to Trent Bridge during the lunch break.

Nottinghamshire had used a stand-in wicketkeeper when David Alleyne failed to make the start. Russell Warren temporarily took his place.

Meanwhile, Warwickshire added 98 to their overnight score, leaving Nottinghamshire to score 377 to win.

A dreadful start by the champions suggested it was way too much. But from 77 for 5, Alleyne's second half-century of the match - and of his career, in fact - in a century partnership with Mark Ealham gave Nottinghamshire a glimmer of hope, although Warwickshire are favourites to claim a second win of the season.

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