Kent 180 v Notts
Nottinghamshire have seized the upper hand after bowling Kent out inside two sessions of their Specsavers County Championship match against Kent at Trent Bridge.
The unbeaten Division Two leaders have kept up their proud record of securing maximum bowling points in every match by dismissing the visitors for just 180 in 54 overs.
James Pattinson did the early damage, before finishing with three for 30, whilst Steven Mullaney worked his way through the lower order in claiming three for two from just three overs.
The only real defiance from Kent came from opener Daniel Bell-Drummond, who carried his bat for an undefeated 84.
Just 5.2 overs later, the wisdom of that decision might have been questioned as Pattinson picked up his third wicket within the space of eight deliveries to leave the visitors on six for three.
Pattinson blasted a gaping hole through the Kent top order by removing Sean Dickson and Joe Denly to lbw decisions and then having Sam Northeast taken by Mullaney at second slip. All three batsmen departed without getting off the mark.
Sam Billings, fresh from England duty, played a frenetic knock of 30 from 32 balls before losing his middle stump after playing a loose drive at Fletcher.
Darren Stevens was equally culpable, throwing his hands at Fletcher and nicking behind for 10.
Bell-Drummond reached his fifty in the first over of the second session, getting there from 99 balls with eight fours.
Will Gidman, who left Trent Bridge for Canterbury at the end of last season, twice survived streaky nicks into the slip cordon before being castled by Harry Gurney, who uprooted his former team-mates’ middle stump for 25.
Mullaney needed just three deliveries to add his name to the list of wicket-takers, having Adam Rose caught at slip for 22.
The same bowler then nipped out Matt Coles and New Zealand’s Adam Milne – for a golden duck on debut – leaving Jake Ball to bring the innings to a close with the scalp of Mitch Claydon.
Bell-Drummond trooped off having faced 169 balls and hit 10 fours.