Sunday, 10 April 2016


 By Brian Sanderson,

On a frosty morning myself and Bob sent off south to one our favourite cricket grounds ,Trent Bridge.

When we arrived there was the only disappointment  of the day  the bacon was delayed by fifteen minutes.

Surrey decided to bowl on a green looking pitch.So there was no need for a toss of the coin and for the first time it was put on the excellent scoreboard. They had two new bowlers in there side Mark Footitt,ex Nottingham and Derbyshire and Ravi Rampaul ex West Indies. He had not played first class cricket since
March 2013 and he is on two year contract.

Nottingham started with Steven Mullaney ex Lancashire and Greg Smith ex Leicester and Durham. Soon Smith was out and by lunch Nottingham were 119 for two with Mullaney punishing numerous bad balls from the Surrey attack.

After lunch I walked round to opposite to the pavilion to meet another Brian. We were able to watch Mullaney  obtain his century in 102 balls.The sun was shining which was nice to see in April and we were able to catch you on our news. A gentleman next to me asked how long the match would last.I had never been asked this question in all my cricketing life sixty years. I replied four days but you had not got to come every day. No reply.

Mulleney got a rare good ball from Rampaul and was out for 113. After he left Wessels ex Northampton and Nondescripts, and Patel,local player which made a nice change, went on to take the Nottingham total to 315 for 5. 196 in the afternoon session which shown how bad the Surrey bowling was which Alec Stewart agreed with me. At this moment we returned back to Leeds  after enjoying been out in the open watching cricket again. With the hope there will be a dry summer

After we left Rampaul took 5 for 93 and Nottingham were bowled out for 446 which should have been over 500. Tomorrow to Headingley to see Leeds and Bradford University against Yorkshire who will have some local players in the team unlike Surrey and Nottingham.

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