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Andrew stars with bat at New Road

Worcestershire 314-7 (Worcs 3pts, Nott 2pts)

25-28 August 2009

Gareth Andrew
Andrew's previous highest score was 44 for Somerset five years ago

Gareth Andrew was an unlikely hero at New Road as he helped rescue struggling Worcestershire against Nottinghamshire with a maiden first-class half century.

Despite fifties from Daryl Mitchell (53) and Ben Smith (52), the home side were once again in trouble on 181-6 when Andrew arrived at the wicket.

But he was still there at the close on 77 as the home side reached 314-7.

Andrew shared 59 for the seventh wicket with Alex Kervezee (34) before putting on an unbroken 74 with Richard Jones.

Jones (27 not out) also chipped in with a personal best as Worcestershire posted a first-innings total of 300 for only the fourth time in 12 attempts this summer.

Nottinghamshire are still in second place in the Championship, but they have slipped off the pace after seven matches without a win. And, with Durham not in action this week, the meeting with a Worcestershire side who look doomed at the bottom of the table represented a great chance to more than halve the 37 points by which they trail the leaders.

Winning the toss gave their bowlers every opportunity as the ball swung throughout the opening session. But Andre Adams (3-71) was the only one to make any morning progress.

Mitchell worked hard to end a run of low scores, batting for nearly four hours in compiling his first championship 50 in 12 innings.

Smith also found some form after dropping down to the Second XI last week to make 151 against Warwickshire at Kidderminster.

Clearly benefiting from time in the middle, he hit 11 boundaries in reaching only his third championship half-century of the season.

Smith's dismissal for 52 instigated a middle-order wobble, Charlie Shreck (3-102) taking two of his three wickets.

But, from there, Worcestershire's young trio of Andrew, who beat his previous career-best made with Somerset five years ago, Dutch prospect Kervezee and Jones led their side to safer pastures.

Worcestershire paceman Gareth Andrew told BBC Hereford and Worcester:

"It was a knock I have been waiting for two seasons, really.

"I have been trying to get past my dreaded 44 that has been hanging around for a few years so it was nice to get some good runs today.

"It's always good to be positive but sometimes when I come in as the last batter, it is tough."

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