Patterson-White stars as Notts recover well
A career-best unbeaten 73 by all-rounder Liam Patterson-White led a Nottinghamshire recovery from 119 for six to 273 all out on the opening day of their LV=Insurance County Championship match against Warwickshire, who were 24 for two at the close.
Patterson-White, a 22-year-old left-arm spinner playing only his seventh first-class match, batted for three hours and eight minutes and hit 12 boundaries, striking the ball cleanly on both sides of the wicket.
Skipper Will Rhodes, fourth seamer in the absence of the injured Liam Norwell, was the most successful Warwickshire bowler with four for 53.
With England’s Dom Sibley not taking his usual place at the top of the order, Warwickshire hoped to survive the 10 overs they faced at the end of the day but instead lost Rob Yates and debutant Indian Test batsman Hanuma Vihari without scoring, the latter a victim for England paceman Stuart Broad on his return to county action.
Zak Chappell removed Rob Yates with the help of a fine, diving catch by Tom Moores behind the stumps, before Broad had Vihari taken low down at third slip by Haseeb Hameed.
Olly Stone, who made his Test debut in India in the winter, earlier took two wickets from five sharp spells on his return to county action.
Stone struck in his fourth over to have Ben Slater caught at second slip at the second attempt by Sam Hain as Nottinghamshire endured a difficult morning. Hameed, dropped on two, chipped a Rhodes full toss straight to extra cover before Tim Bresnan brought one back to have left-hander Ben Duckett leg before. Rhodes then brilliantly ran out Lyndon James at the non-striker’s end with a direct hit from mid-off leaving the home side 63 for four.
Steven Mullaney, dropped by Sibley at first slip on 26, was caught athletically one-handed by Vihari at square leg off Rhodes for 31, before Joe Clarke, tempted by some width from Stone, was caught behind off a top edge for 29.
Moores, who had an escape on six, was bowled off stump by Rhodes for 31 after he and Patterson-White added 63 for the seventh wicket, including a five-run penalty when a ball from spinner Danny Briggs struck a fielding helmet behind the stumps.
After Broad hit 21 off 19 balls before becoming Rhodes’s fourth victim, edging to first slip, Patterson-White shrugged off blows to the body by Stone and the head by Bresnan to share another 63-stand for the ninth wicket with Chappell before Bresnan wrapped up the innings by dismissing both Chappell and debutant South African bowler Dane Paterson for figures of three for 48.
Patterson-White said after the close of play: “The boys have fought really hard to get to around 300 from where we were. I knew that rebuilding the innings was the main priority when I went in and it was really important to get those partnerships with Tom and Zak
“They bowled really well and Olly Stone was really sharp at times but my focus was me and not him, to play the ball and not the man and concentrate on staying in my bubble. It was good to be able to contribute.
“I wasn’t thinking about the hundred because I wanted to keep my feet on the ground and stick in for as long as possible.”