Ben Duckett’s dazzling double century puts Notts in control

Ben Duckett's dazzling double century puts Notts in control

Warwickshire 71 for 3 (Mousley 26*, Barnard 18*, Pennington 2-21) trail Nottinghamshire 400 (Duckett 218, Haynes 74, Slater 65, Hannon-Dalby 5-78) by 329 runs

Ben Duckett’s dazzling double century followed by top-class bowling put Nottinghamshire in control against Warwickshire on a rain-affected second day of their Vitality Championship match at Edgbaston.
Duckett’s unsuccessful 218 off 264 balls lifted Nottinghamshire to 400 against an attack ably led by Olly Hannon-Dalby with 5 for 78.

Between interruptions due to rain and bad light, the visiting seamers reduced Warwickshire to 26 for three. Ed Barnard (18 not out) and Dan Mousley (26 not out) worked hard to start a comeback and take their team to 71 for three before the final session was lost to weather.

Nottinghamshire are dominating the Midlands derby, but with more rain forecast for tomorrow they are likely to be frustrated in their attempts to turn their superiority into a victory. The next figure of 251 is crucial: if Warwickshire reach that figure, the match looks destined for a draw.

Nottinghamshire resumed the second morning at 367 for 8 with Duckett two runs away from the fifth double century of his career. He soon moved on to 199 and then spurned numerous opportunities to get his 200th run as he cultivated the strike before finally reaching the 240-ball mark.

The England batsman received smart support from Dillon Pennington in a stand of 44 for the ninth wicket. His partnership took his team to 400 before Mousley bowled Duckett through an offside attempt. Pennington then drove Hannon-Dalby to long leg in the next over.

The Nottinghamshire attack inflicted heavy initial damage on the Warwickshire response. Alex Davies, Will Rhodes and Rob Yates are among the country’s top scorers this season, but this time they only managed 25 between them. Pennington had Will Young superbly take Davies at first slip and trapped Rhodes lbw. A perfect cut-in from Dane Paterson took Yates’ lead to goalkeeper Joe Clarke.

That was 26 for 3, by which time the next figure was a long way off, but in batting conditions as tough as they could be: moderate light, dampness in the cold air, high-quality bowlers with their tails high: Barnard and Mousley. he avoided further damage, although Mousley was reprieved in the 15th over when he edged Olly Stone at third slip and Calvin Harrison missed a narrow chance.