Leaders Nottinghamshire is in a strong position with a lead of 123 after falling to Leicestershire by 20 wickets on day one of their County Championship Division Two match. On a difficult batting surface, Notts were bowled out for 201, losing their last eight wickets for 118 as they slumped to 83-2 shortly after lunch, with Chris Wright and Ed Barnes taking three wickets apiece.
Matthew Montgomery top-scored with 43 for the home side, replacing Ben Duckett after the left-hander was included in England’s third Test squad, after being dropped on one – of three slip catches in the innings. One, all by Rishi Patel, who grabbed two more.
But Leicester did not find the conditions to their liking, being bowled out for just 93 in reply.
Luke Fletcher took 4-23, supported by Brett Hutton (3-32) as Notts highlighted the absence of their Australian quick James Pattinson, who was released early from his contract last week.
Opener Sam Evans was the only Foxes batsman to reach double figures, accounting for more than half of his team’s total as he picked up his bat for exactly 50 runs.
Nottinghamshire then reached 15 for no loss in their second innings before closing in two overs.
Leicestershire was without key all-rounder Wian Mulder – who was selected as the cover for England rivals South Africa – and England Under-19 leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed, who is injured.
They dropped all-rounder Ben Mike after deciding to join Yorkshire in favor of 26-year-old left-arm seamer Michael Finan at the end of the season – he signed a two-year deal last month despite never having played a senior game. were Match