Worcestershire in danger of being sunk by Wessels

 

It is amazing what can be achieved through the simple virtues of application. Nottinghamshire, bowled out for 118 on the opening day against Worcestershire at Trent Bridge, went about their business seemingly with an entirely different mindset, one that paid off to the extent that a failure to launch the new season with a win would be regarded as an opportunity missed after an unbeaten century from Riki Wessels put them in complete control.

Establishing a lead of 343 with three wickets standing and two days left, their performance made the opening-day debacle all the more inexplicable. The only batsman who failed to redeem himself was the highly-regarded James Taylor. Caught off a loose drive in the first innings, he made a simple misjudgement against the seamer, Alan Richardson, who had him leg-before.

By then the foundation for a winning position was in place. Alex Hales and Neil Edwards provided the rare luxury for Nottinghamshire of a substantial opening stand. They were parted on 94 when Hales chipped a catch to extra cover, but it was still the largest total for their side's first wicket since August 2008. Michael Lumb, as in the first innings, found a good ball with his name on it, although at least this time he had scored 40 before it arrived, and then came Chris Read to join Wessels in a partnership of 134 that took the game away from Worcestershire, who made further inroads only after they had taken the second new ball. Batting for much of the time under floodlights, Wessels completed his century, his first in the Championship since moving to Trent Bridge last season,off 128 balls with 13 boundaries.

Nottinghamshire have been given clearance by England to play Graeme Swann in two Championship matches before the start of the Test series against West Indies and hope to have Stuart Broad available for one, provided he makes a full recovery from the calf injury that curtailed his Sri Lanka tour.

Elsewhere, South African fast bowler Vernon Philander finished with five for 43 on his Somerset debut against Middlesex at Taunton, while captain Rory Hamilton-Brown's 89 was instrumental in giving Surrey a lead of 316 over Sussex at The Oval.

Accused of complacency by their own chairman after they were relegated last season, Yorkshire have been left in little doubt that bouncing back to Division One will be no stroll – they were put to the sword for a day and a half by Kent, who declared on 537 for 9 after Matt Coles (103 not out) shared a ninth-wicket stand of 153 with Mark Davies that fell just one run short of the Headingley record. Coles completed his century by reverse-sweeping Adil Rashid for his third six.

In an extraordinary match at Grace Road, Leicestershire, who had been one for three after 10 minutes of the new season, established a lead of 125 when they bowled Glamorgan out for 124 only to be dismissed for 110 batting for the second time.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Eye of the beholder? 'Concrete lasagne' Preston bus station
architectureWhich monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?
News
Lizards, such as Iguanas (pictured), have a unique pattern of tissue growth
science
Extras
indybest
News
Anna Nicole Smith died of an accidental overdose in 2007
people
Life and Style
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
'The Great British Bake Off' showcases food at its most sumptuous
tvReview: Bread-making skills of the Bake Off hopefuls put to the test
Extras
indybest
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home