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Fletcher spearheads Notts assault

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE, Trent Bridge
CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY ONE: Somerset 138, Notts 55-3
(Notts 3pts, Somerset 1 pt)
6-9 May 2009 (Play starts 1100 BST)


Luke Fletcher
Luke Fletcher has now taken eight wickets in less than two matches

It was a swing bowler's day at overcast Trent Bridge as Somerset were rolled for just 138 by Nottinghamshire.

Young Luke Fletcher (4-38), Ryan Sidebottom (3-32) and Andre Adams (3-30) shared the wickets.

At one stage, Somerset were 61-6 before Zander de Bruyn (64) and Omari Banks (28) combined for a seventh-wicket stand of 68.

The visitors then hit back further before a premature close to take three wickets as Notts finished on 55-3.

Somerset chose to bat first in seamer-friendly conditions but were soon regretting that decision as they were skittled out by tea.

Nottingham-born 20-year-old Fletcher was playing only his second Championship match. And he had Somerset in trouble with only his fourth ball of the day when he had Arul Suppiah caught behind without scoring off an inside edge.

Then came his prize scalp when, having looked far from comfortable, former England opener Marcus Trescothick edged him to slip.

Fletcher then comprehensively bowled James Hildreth to leave the visitors 17-3.

Visiting skipper Justin Langer was undone by extra bounce from change bowler Adams, who then trapped Craig Kieswetter and found Peter Trego's edge either side of lunch.

From 61-6, de Bruyn and Banks rode their luck at times but made a better fist of it than their team-mates to bring up the hundred in the 42nd over, followed soon after by the 50 partnership.

But Sidebottom returned after early frustration to remove Banks for 28, sparking the loss of the final four visitors' wickets for just nine runs, Fletcher nipping in for the last of them.

Nottinghamshire then struggled in their reply under gloomy skies, Charl Willoughby (2-27) leading the Somerset fightback before bad light brought an early close.


BBC Radio Nottingham's Robin Chipperfield gives his verdict on the first day at Trent Bridge.

"A real struggle for the batsmen against the swinging ball.

"Notts have probably just had the better of it - firstly, because they've managed to get through the talented Somerset batting line-up, but also because they've added an extra batsman to extend their batting order.

"With Ali Brown, Chris Read, Mark Ealham and Andre Adams still to come, Notts will be hoping to get well past the Somerset total and put pressure back on to the visiting county.

"However, a couple of early wickets - most likely to be taken by Charl Willoughby - and the game is right back in the balance."



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