CricInfo Championship: Worcestershire v Nottinghamshire at Worcester, 29 Jun - 2 Jul 2001
Roy Bradley

Nottinghamshire 1st innings: Tea - Day 1, Stumps - Day 1,
Worcestershire 1st innings: Lunch - Day 1,


PIETERSEN HAULS NOTTS OUT OF THE MIRE

Two batsman climbed above a mountain of 20 wickets on a fast-moving first day at New Road.

Graeme Hick’s 114th first-class century powered Worcestershire to 248 and Kevin Pietersen replied in kind with an unbeaten 103 as Nottinghamshire reached 160 after struggling at 51 for 7.

The follow-on was a real danger until Pietersen found a more resilient partner during an eighth-wicket stand of 92 until David Lucas was bowled by Stuart Lampitt for 21.

Umpires Tony Clarkson and John Holder will be expected to make a routine pitch report to the ECB, but suspect batting was probably as culpable as the seamer-friendly surface.

Hick was first to put his faith in the bold approach, rushing to a first 50 from 48 balls with ten fours, two sixes and a single. A sudden stumble to 119 for 6 then promoted a quieter period and a let-off on 82 when he was dropped at deep cover.

His second successive Championship hundred at New Road arrived in 131 balls as Jamie Pipe, Stuart Lampitt and Chris Liptrot escorted the former England batsman through successive partnerships of 30 or more.

Richard Logan finally had Hick caught on the cover boundary to confirm his recovery from injury and post his first five-wicket return since moving from Northamptonshire in the winter.

Nottinghamshire then ran into trouble as Andy Bichel took 4 for 23 and almost went into terminal decline when Chris Liptrot claimed two more. But Pietersen emulated Hick’s performance by reaching the second century in his first Championship season with 20 fours from only 89 balls.



HICK STANDS ALONE AMID THE CLATTER OF WICKETS

Graeme Hick’s 114th first-class century stood in imperious isolation as 14 wickets fell by tea on the first day at New Road.

The Worcestershire captain made 123 from 151 balls during his side’s dismissal for 248 in 55.4 overs and Nottinghamshire’s reply immediately tumbled into disarray at 30 for 4.

Most batsmen had a short lifespan on a seaming pitch but Hick trusted his instinct - and his awesome power - in racing to 53 with ten fours, two sixes and a single.

A sudden collapse to 119 for 6 briefly subdued his ambition until Jamie Pipe, Stuart Lampitt and Chris Liptrot escorted the former England batsman to his second successive hundred in the CricInfo Championship.

Dropped off Richard Logan on 82, he was ninth out when Paul Johnson held another chance at deep cover off the same bowler.

Logan claimed 5-96 on his return from injury but Andy Bichel fired back for Worcestershire with three wickets and Alamgir Sheriyar bowled Darren Bicknell when the Notts captain shouldered arms.



HICK STANDS ALONG FOR WORCESTERSHIRE

Graeme Hick stood alone with an unbeaten 75 as Worcestershire lost six wickets for 145 by lunch after winning the toss against Nottinghamshire.

The former England batsman followed up from his 155 against Hertfordshire in the C & G Trophy by romping to 52 in 48 balls.

Hick went in at 11 for 1 when Philip Weston was caught at third slip off David Lucas, but the side collapsed around him once Richard Logan had broken a partnership of 60 in 11 overs with Anurag Singh.

The opener was well caught at first slip by Greg Blewett and then Vikram Solanki lost his middle and off stumps in a spectacular dismissal by Lucas.

Further wickets fell in successive overs. David Leatherdale played on to Logan, Nick Boulton, on his Championship debut, was lbw to Andrew Harris and Andy Bichel edged Logan to gully before Jamie Pipe gave Hick much-needed assistance.

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Date-stamped : 30 Jun2001 - 06:27