An unbroken 6th wicket stand of 119 between Alexei Kervezee and Gareth Andrew rescued Worcestershire from a tricky situation on the 3rd day and set up the potential for an exciting finish on the last day of the LV= Championship match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
The day started well for the hosts who were eight down at the start of the day. Paul Franks guided his partners through 9th and 10th wicket stands of 39 and 52 respectively to help Nottinghamshire not just reach Worcestershire's 1st innings total but exceed it by 67 runs. Franks, who has opened the innings for the home side in previous matches looked at ease when the new ball which was taken within five overs of the start of play. Franks was the last man out for 82 on the stroke of the lunch interval with the home side dismissed for 382. The final wicket was Alan Richardson's 5th of the innings finishing on 5-98 and Ben Cox's 5th catch behind the stumps, with four of Richardson's wickets being caught by Cox.
Worcestershire's 2nd innings started straight after the lunch interval and the visitors were soon in trouble loosing early wickets. Daryl Mitchell was unlucky to be bowled by Luke Fletcher for 3 from a ball that appeared to keep very low. Four overs later James Cameron was well caught at 1st slip by Alex Hales for 12, also off Fletcher's bowling. The visitors were in even more serious trouble when two more wickets fell before the deficit was wiped out, being 56-4 half way through the afternoon session. Alexei Kervezee and Matt Pardoe however batted sensibly and assuredly to help the visitors reach the tea interval with no further loss of wickets on 116-4.
After tea the 5th wicket stand between Pardoe and Kervezee continued for another five overs until Pardoe was caught at 2nd slip by Neil Edwards off the bowling of Charlie Shreck for 28. That was to prove to be the only wicket to fall in the tea interval with the unbroken 6th wicket stand between Kervezee and Gareth Andrew first dragging Worcestershire back into the game and then has setting up the possibility of setting a match winning target on the final day.
Kervezee was in fine form with good shot selection and well timed shots. He passed his first 50 shortly after the resumption after the tea interval from 87 deliveries, his next 50 took just 60 deliveries as he scored his 4th First Class century, finishing the day unbeaten on 123* in an innings that has lasted 176 deliveries and contained 19 boundaries, including one huge straight six off Steven Mullaney to bring up his century. He was ably assisted in the partnership by Gareth Andrew who finished the day unbeaten on 56*. The partnership has brought the match back into the balance once again on what might prove to be an interesting final days play.
Close of Play Day 3: Worcestershire (315 & 256-5) lead Nottinghamshire (382) by 189 runs with 5 wickets remaining.