CricInfo Championship: Nottinghamshire v Gloucestershire at Nottingham, 6-9 Jun 2001|
Gloucestershire 1st innings:
Resuming from their lunchtime score of 125—2 the visitors continued t0 score freely on a good batting track and a lightning fast outfield. Barnett continued to punish anything loose and wide and deservedly went to three figures (193 mins 145 balls 19x4) when he glanced David Lucas to the fine leg boundary.
Barnett received good support from Taylor, who batted in a similarly positive vein and seldom looked troubled as he powered to his own half-century (91 mins 73 balls 10x4).
Gloucs continued to score at four runs per over as first the 200 came up — quickly followed by the century stand. An unnecessarily risky single would have seen Taylor run out on 57 but Kevin Pietersen's shy at the stumps missed by a fraction.
The pair had put on 111 when Barnett tried a deliberate steer to third man off Greg Smith but only succeeded in running the ball straight into the hands of Greg Blewett at first slip.
A spell of Notts pressure again almost caused Taylor to commit another suicidal run out — Gareth Clough this time the unlucky thrower with the batsman 'not in the frame'.
Feelings seemed to become heated when Notts claimed a bat pad catch at short leg by Guy Walton against Mark Alleyne, from the bowling of Pietersen. The fielding side clearly felt that the batsman should have walked and there was an exchange of views amongst those involved.
The run—rate was checked slightly but just before the interval Taylor hit dismal Afzaal for consecutive boundaries to bring up his second career hundred (157 mins 145 balls 17x4).
Tendonitis caused Paul Franks to miss out for Notts, with David Lucas getting his first start of the season, whilst for Gloucs there was a welcome return to action for 'keeper Jack Russell.
Kim Barnett and Dominic Hewson opened the innings for the visitors and enjoyed a profitable opening hour against wayward bowling. Hewson had a life on one, Kevin Pietersen spilling a simple offering at third slip off the bowling of Andy Harris.
From then on both batsmen were fed a diet of wide short—pitched deliveries and both ate heartily. Barnett hit eight boundaries in his first 34; Harris being the main culprit but then Lucas, on for Smith at the Pavilion End, was hit for three consecutive shots to the same backward point fence by Hewson.
83 runs came from the first twenty overs whereupon Hewson then hit the first six of the contest, a top—edged hook off Smith just dropping over Harris and the fine leg rope. That was to be the openers' last scoring stroke as in the next over Greg Blewett trapped him in the crease for a very plumb—looking lbw.
Barnett went to 49 in very ungainly fashion. An attempted pull off Blewett looped straight over 'keeper Chris Read for two. Next ball though, a textbook cover drive took him to his half-century (91 mins. 63 balls 11x4's).
17 runs were added for the second wicket but Matt Windows hadn't contributed any of them when he became the second wicket to fall. Again Notts relied on a verdict from the umpire as Greg Smith brought a ball back into Windows' pads and saw his appeal upheld.
Chris Taylor joined Barnett and the pair added another 17 before lunch without any further alarms.
Date-stamped : 07 Jun2001 - 10:28