County Championship: Luke Fletcher's career-best for Notts rocks Worcestershire

Luke Fletcher
Luke Fletcher took five wickets in an innings for the fourth time in a first-class match
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Blackfinch New Road (day three):
Worcestershire 110: Clarke 46; Fletcher 5-27, Broad 3-28
Nottinghamshire 204-6: Taylor 50; Leach 3-44
Nottinghamshire (4 pts) lead Worcestershire (2 pts) by 94 runs

Stuart Broad was upstaged by Luke Fletcher as Nottinghamshire exposed Worcestershire's batting problems after a belated start at New Road.

After losing the first two days to bad weather, the home side were bowled out for just 110 in 26.3 overs.

Broad warmed up for England's Test series against Pakistan with 3-28, but Fletcher claimed a career-best 5-27.

Notts also found batting tough despite Ross Taylor's 50 and they were 204-6 when bad light ended play, 94 ahead.

Worcestershire had only passed 200 once in four previous innings this summer, so it was a formality that Notts would bowl first without the need for a toss.

The home side soon found themselves 3-3 as Daryl Mitchell, Tom Fell and Brett D'Oliveira departed inside the first three overs.

Joe Clarke (46) and Travis Head (33) put on 65, but they were the only scores of note as the Notts seamers ran through the order.

Skipper Joe Leach soon had Jake Libby caught in the slips in reply and he took 3-44, although it was Josh Tongue (2-40), who claimed the important scalp of Taylor, who was leg-before.

Tom Moores was 19 not out at the close, with Broad on five, and Notts could make life awkward for Worcestershire if they can build a big enough lead and the weather is kind on the final day.

Worcestershire captain Joe Leach:

"I suppose at this moment we are behind in the game. That first session of the day was probably more than a little bit disappointing.

"It did a bit. It's been the third wicket in a row that has been difficult to bat on, certainly with the new ball.

"But we've probably got to be a little bit better. I'm sure as a group we know that."

Nottinghamshire paceman Luke Fletcher:

"It has been a long wait to get a five wicket haul. The career best will cost me a round of drinks.

"The conditions are favourable for bowling with the pitch being undercover for two days and the bad weather they've had around and the flooding they had here.

"Bowling first was always going to be the way. Joe Clarke and Travis Head came at the bowlers so it was nice to get the big players out."