Michael Lumb hits fine century for Nottinghamshire

MANSFIELD League round-up.
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Michael Lumb registered the twentieth first class century of his career to edge Nottinghamshire towards first innings parity in their Specsavers County Championship game against Warwickshire at Trent Bridge.

Lumb hit 20 boundaries in his 193 ball innings of 108 as Notts reached the close on 316 for seven, only 57 runs behind Warwickshire’s first innings score of 373.

For the visitors, Keith Barker, Rikki Clarke and Chris Woakes all picked up two wickets in a disciplined display with the ball.

On the sixth anniversary of England’s ICC World T20 victory, of which Lumb played a pivotal role, the left-hander registered his first hundred since September 2013, when he made 107 against Somerset.

Now 36, he survived a nervy opening when a nick almost carried to wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose, before he’d scored. He soon found his touch, racing to a 48-ball half century but then got bogged down and spent an hour in adding the two runs to take him from 72 to 74.

Steven Mullaney made 56, adding 98 for the second wicket with Lumb, after Greg Smith, who had been dropped by Jonathan Trott on 10, edged Barker to Clarke at second slip, for 26.

Brendan Taylor was also taken by Ambrose, nicking the bowling of Barker for 16 and Riki Wessels was trapped in front by Clarke for just 6.

Clarke’s nagging accuracy brought further reward with the wicket of Samit Patel, whose mistimed pull found its way into the hands of Varun Chopra at first slip.

With the lead still in three figures, Lumb’s splendid knock came to an end when the spin of Jeetan Patel found the outside edge and Clarke took his second catch of the day.

Chris Read made 23 before falling to Woakes, leaving Brett Hutton to steer the home side through to the end of play. Hutton’s unbeaten 35 includes a five, after substitute fielder Mark Adair’s throw narrowly missed the stumps and went for overthrows.

Earlier, Nottinghamshire needed just 12 deliveries to close out the Warwickshire first innings at the start of the day. With only a single added to their overnight score, Jeetan Patel deliberately lifted Harry Gurney up and over the slip cordon but there was too much pace on the ball and it flew all the way down into the safe hands of Luke Fletcher at third man.