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Lumb just misses century as Notts battle back.

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE fought back strongly on the second day of their County Championship Division One match against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.

e visitors reached 384 for eight at stumps, a rst-innings lead of 124 with Michael Lumb top-scoring with 99, having taken part in two of the three century partnerships posted during the day.

Lumb faced 192 balls and hit 13 fours before edging Kyle Coetzer to wicketkeeper Adam Rossington.

He shared in a stand of 133 with Riki Wessels (71) and 106 with Chris Read (59).

After tea Ajmal A Shahzad (65 not out) and Luke Fletcher (49) also prof-prof ited against a tiring attack, putting on 114 for the eighth wicket as Notts enhanced their Championship credentials with a display of great character.

Resuming from their overnight position of 38 for four, still 222 behind, Notts produced the perfect response as Lumb and Wessels combined.

Azharullah eventually broke the stand, bowling Wessels just before lunch.

Read paced his innings beautifully to reach his fth Championship halfcentury of the season in 114 deliveries, with ve fours and a six.

Notts had gained a narrow lead by the time he succumbed to a successful lbw appeal by Andrew Hall but Shahzad and Fletcher were not about to let a position of strength go to waste.

Lumb, who has battled back to form after a niggling injury, said after stumps: "I'd denitely have taken 99 at the start of the day, after the season I've had and especially in the position that we were in.

"I was pretty devastated to get out then though.

"It was a tricky situation at the start so when you work that hard it was a little disappointing not to get to a hundred.

"Riki, Ready, Ajmal and Fletch all A showed good ghting spirit and it's set the game up nicely for us now."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Aug 17, 2014
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