Notts (44-3) v Warks
And Nottinghamshire are suddenly three down with two new batsmen at the crease. Confident shout by Tim Bresnan for a catch down leg off Ben Duckett is declined but next ball he gets one to swing into the left-hander’s pads for an lbw that looked pretty good. Promising whippersnapper Lyndon James the next man in.
Galling … Will Rhodes sends down a looping full toss in his first over and Haseeb Hameed just plops it straight to Dom Sibley cover on 19. Here comes Joe Clarke to join Ben Duckett with Notts 44 for two.
Nottinghamshire v Warwickshire
Haseeb Hameed and Ben Duckett are starting to get the scoreboard ticking over at Trent Bridge, with that short boundary proving a source of runs. Remembered they both played Test cricket together four-and-a bit years ago but we’re a world away from Rajkot and Visakhapatnam. OHD has bowled eight overs off the reel this morning and there will be a few more to come today, I fancy. Tim Bresnan is the third seamer and there’s the option of Will Rhodes too, but the debut for Hanuma Vihari sees Warwickshire a batsman err heavier this week. Notts 43 for one after 16 overs and Rhodes is indeed replacing OHD from the Radcliffe Road End now.
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Notts (11-1) v Warks
… but Stone strikes next over, Slater playing a loose drive and seeing the catch fly to Sam Hain at second slip, who points to the heavens in celebration. Notts are 11 for one.
Nottinghamshire (10-0) v Warwickshire
A decent probing start from Olly Stone and Oliver Hann-Dalby (to give him his truncated scoreboard name) and, accordingly, some solid work from Ben Slater and Haseeb Hameed to repel the new ball pair Bears. And as I type that, Hameed has just earned a life on two, edging one to Rob Yates at third slip who puts down a straightforward catch. OHD, who has got the ball to swing, is the frustrated bowler and Notts are 10 for no loss after seven overs.
Morning Rob and friends, have followed the Warwickshire bus to arguably the country’s most significant sporting hubs – Trent Bridge – for what feels a win-win toss from the neutral’s perspective (am claiming this, being both Nottingham-born but now based in leafy south Brum). If Notts bat, we get to see the returning Olly Stone steaming in; should they field, it’s the returning Stuart Broad versus newly minted Wisden cricketer of the year Dom Sibley makes for an enticing new-ball battle.
Who knows, we might see all this today and more with plenty of good players on both sides. The sun is shining, the boundary looks extraordinarily short where that New Stand along the Bridgford Road slices diagonally across, and the teams – who both drew last week – are doing their usual flea circus warm-up drills on the outfield. Nice.
… and Nottinghamshire have won the toss and will bat.