Millns encounters scant resistance

Cricket: Nottinghamshire 324 and 189-8 Leicestershire 439
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Nottinghamshire will have been pleased to have restricted Leicestershire's first-innings lead to 115, but then they let themselves down badly with some inept batting.

Only Tim Robinson, whose 50 occupied 42 overs, Graeme Archer and Chris Tolley had a mind to make a fight of it on a pitch with a lowish bounce but nothing worse.

Leicestershire carried on until shortly after lunch and their bowlers knew they had plenty to do with less than five sessions left if Leicestershire were going to win the match. The situation seemed to light a fuse in David Millns.

He began Nottinghamshire's downfall when, in his second over, Paul Pollard drove at a wide half volley and dragged the ball on to his stumps. Robinson and Archer took root and while they were together there was nothing to suggest the game was destined for anything other than a draw.

They both played some good strokes, particularly against Gordon Parsons, who earlier had been largely responsible for Leicestershire's lead with an admirable innings of 53. Nottinghamshire reached 65 when Archer played back and all round a ball from Phil Simmons which kept low and bowled him.

Tea came and went without further alarms. Then, at 98, Paul Johnson played forward to Adrian Pierson and was caught off bat and pad. Bowling from the pavilion end, Pierson flighted the ball and found some turn. He struck again 10 runs later when the left-handed Mathew Dowman stretched forward and gave an easy catch to slip.

Two runs later, Robinson's determined knock ended when he did not pick up a full toss from Millns and ducked only to be bottom before wicket.

Kevin Evans was the sixth man out when he hooked at Millns and Darren Maddy held a good catch running away from the wicket at square leg. Wayne Moon soon became another bat-pad casualty and Richard Bates was lbw on the back foot to Simmons before Tolley and Mark Bowen made sure there would be a fourth day.