Nottinghamshire v Durham: Onions takes nine after England release

Graham Onions
County Championship Division One, Trent Bridge
Close, day two: Durham 194 & 27-0, Nottinghamshire 154
Notts 3pts, Durham 3pts
Match scorecard

Graham Onions took a career-best 9-67 after being released by England to play for Durham against Nottinghamshire.

Onions only arrived at Trent Bridge at lunchtime and by then had missed Notts, led by Ben Phillips (3-39) and Andy Carter (3-40), dismiss Durham for 194.

He then took nine wickets to record the best first-class figures this season and also ran out Luke Fletcher as Notts were skittled out for 154.

Durham then extended their lead to 67 runs as they closed on 27-0.

The visitors had begun the day on 85-4 in their first innings and quickly lost Paul Collingwood (21) to Fletcher (3-57).

Wickets continued to tumble as Phillips and Carter particularly impressed and Durham were reduced to 144-9.

Mark Wood (34), playing in his first game of the season, then put on 50 with Chris Rushworth (24 not out), but the visitors fell six runs short of a batting bonus point.

Onions, who took the place of Mitchell Claydon, then took centre stage beginning with the wicket of Alex Hales, with only Paul Franks (53) offering any real resistance.

He missed the chance to become the first player to take all 10 wickets in an innings at Trent Bridge when he ran out Fletcher for the ninth wicket.

But the dismissal of Carter in the next over saw him finish with the sixth-best figures ever recorded against Notts at Trent Bridge.


BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle:

"A situation I've never been in before - hoping that an opposition bowler achieves something extraordinary and I could say 'I was there'.

"Graham Onions was simply superb after being jettisoned from the Test side and haring up the motorway to replace Mitch Claydon at the start of the Notts innings.

"A wicket with his sixth delivery and they kept on coming, and only one man denied him of being the first to take all 10 at Trent Bridge - Onions himself, for a direct hit to run out Luke Fletcher."

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