Warwickshire v Nottinghamshire: Hosts fight back at Edgbaston

Chris Woakes
Woakes has now taken 34 Championship wickets this season
LV= County Championship Division One, Edgbaston
Close, day three: Nottinghamshire 406 & 225, Warwickshire 343 & 61-2
Notts 8pts, Warwicks 6pts
Match scorecard

A five-wicket haul from Chris Woakes led a Warwickshire fightback to set up a potentially exciting finish against Nottinghamshire at Edgbaston.

Phil Jaques made 79 as the visitors looked in control on 119-2 in their second innings, leading by 182 runs.

Woakes (5-35) and Jeetan Patel (3-24) were key as Notts lost their last seven wickets for 88 and were 225 all out.

Warwickshire closed on 61-2, needing another 228 runs for victory, with Jonathan Trott unbeaten on 19.

Peter Siddle had Varun Chopra caught by Luke Fletcher for 10, while Harry Gurney trapped Will Porterfield (22) leg before.

Trott, who made 23 in the first innings of his first Championship game for over two months, survived over an hour at the crease, hitting four boundaries.

Notts have held the upper hand for much of the game but a second batting collapse may cost them dear.

Their last five wickets only added 10 runs in their first innings when they looked in a position to bat Warwickshire out of the match.

Woakes has been vital in turning a difficult position into a potential winning one for Warwickshire, taking seven wickets in the game, to go with his 91 in their first innings which helped them avoid the follow-on.

At the start of day three, Notts lost nightwatchman Fletcher for three and Steven Mullaney (10), both bowled by Woakes, but looked well set when Jaques and Alex Hales (31) put on 84 for the third wicket.

But no other Notts batsman could make an impact and Andre Adams was last man out for nine as Woakes, unable to force his way in England's final XI for the two recent Tests against Sri Lanka, claimed five wickets in an innings for the second time this season.

Warwickshire bowling coach Alan Richardson:

"We have shown a lot of guts and a lot of character to get back into the game.

"The guys have said when you bowl straight it's difficult to score and also if you want to bat for lengths of time you can do that.

"It's going to be a case for both sides of being as patient as possible - and hopefully we will be the more patient."

Notts director of cricket Mick Newell:

"We have wasted two chances to kill the game off. We should have got 470-odd and we could have had a much bigger lead.

"So we have given Warwickshire two ways back in and now the game is evenly poised."

BBC WM's Mike Taylor:

"For the second day running Warwickshire fought back into this match from a point where Notts seemed set to dominate.

"With only two wickets down and their lead over 180, Notts were threatening to run away but, after Chris Woakes wrecked Alex Hales' stumps, the visitors were in decline.

"Woakes bowled with skill and aggression and has had another fine all-round match.

"Jonathan Trott saw Warwickshire calmly to the close and the match situation would seem ideally suited to his skills, but he can be sure of another barrage of short-pitched bowling in the morning."

BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle:

"Phil Jaques' final innings for Notts this season may turn out to be his most crucial.

"Without his 79, the visitors might well have turned a winning position into a losing one, but the classy left-hander has made it an even call going into the final day.

"Jaques has been outstanding for Notts this season, recording almost 900 runs in the Championship, as well as passing on a winning mentality to some of his younger team-mates."

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