Worcestershire narrowly lost their Championship match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, but not before taking the home side to the final in the final session of the match. It was a match that both sides were in control of at various stages, with both sides letting the other side back into the match
The final day started in overcast conditions. Alexei Kervezee and Gareth Andrew increased their overnight 6th wicket partnership by a further 16 runs to reach 135 before Kervezee was caught at 2nd slip by Neil Edwards off the bowling of Paul Franks for 128. It was a fine innings by Kervezee that brought the visitors right back into the match and allowed them to create a reasonable target to defend on the final day. Gareth Andrew was dismissed just before the new ball was due four overs later for 67, caught by Chris Read off Paul Franks.
Once the 8th wicket fell with the score on 295 Damien Wright began to hit out and was last man out for 33. Worcestershire were dismissed for 328 which left Nottinghamshire a target of 262 to runs to win in a minimum of 67 overs left in the day. In the two overs before the lunch interval the home side reached 9-0.
In the afternoon session Alan Richardson picked up three wickets and was bowling well in combination with Damien Wright. The home side off set off at a good pace and were able to maintain an overall run rate of over four runs and over throughout the innings. Alex Hales in particular looked in good touch passing the 50 mark before the tea interval where the home side went in at 136-3.
A 4th wicket stand either side of the tea interval of 96 between Alex Hales and Adam Voges effectively won the match for the home side. Voges was eventually trapped LBW for 32 by the hard working Damien Wright. Worcestershire took three quick wickets mid session, including Alex Hales for 84 leaving Nottinghamshire on 208-6 but were unable to finish the game off.
A 7th wicket stand between Chris Read (35*) and Paul Franks (26) saw Nottinghamshire home with just over seven overs to spare. Alan Richardson bowled for 20 overs and took 4-88 and Damien Wright 2-70 in 18 overs but the bowling unit as a whole was not able to keep enough pressure on the strong Nottinghamshire batting line up on their own pitch who were able to keep ahead of the required run rate throughout the run chase.
Chris Read hit the winning run with a boundary 6 to give the home side the win by 3 wickets.
Match result: Worcestershire (315 & 328) lost to Nottinghamshire (382 & 266-7) by 3 wickets.
Worcestershire 6 points, Nottinghamshire 22 points.