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By Rob Barnett at Trent Bridge
David Hussey has been an ideal role model during his time at Nottinghamshire and he was determined to continue that through to the end.
Hussey, making his final appearance for the club, rescued Notts from the depths of 76 for four with a classy century that aided a strong stumps score of 378 for seven against Somerset at Trent Bridge.
The 36-year-old Australian, in his eighth stint with Notts, and Michael Lumb crucially added 214, a record for the county’s fifth wicket versus Somerset.
Hussey, playing alongside the likes of LV= County Championship debutant Brett Hutton, wanted to make an impression on his swansong.
“You really want to get stuck in,” he said. “It was a bit of a hard cause today when we lost the toss and got sent in on a difficult wicket.
“Mikey Lumb and I both wanted to be the role models to show the younger kids how to play on this kind of wicket and score a few runs. It means a lot to do the hard yards and keep the team up.”
Hussey’s 125 and 107 from Lumb helped Notts to four of the 10 points they need to ensure championship safety, although it will be less if Derbyshire drop points against Warwickshire.
“They’re clever bowlers, the Somerset boys,” Hussey added. “They always put the ball in good areas so probably makes it all the more satisfying getting a few runs.
“Nothing should be taken from Mikey Lumb’s knock today, 230-odd balls for a hundred, fantastic. Once again, he does the team things.”
The fifth-wicket pair came together in tricky conditions that favoured Somerset’s all-seam attack, but survived to enjoy fine batting conditions on a gloriously sunny afternoon.
“Being left-right too is very, very helpful. I got a few cheap runs off my pads, which is very handy,” Hussey continued.
“Michael Lumb’s knock, he just played up the wicket and stuck to his game plan, which is sensational.”
Although a bonus-point-rich draw may be enough for Notts, Hussey will not be satisfied with that. Instead, he is targeting a first championship win since mid-May.
“(We’ll) push for the victory, of course. You want to win games,” he said. “We’re zero from 11 so it’s actually about time we won one.
“We’re playing some good cricket but we’ve got to play some great cricket in order to win games of cricket.”
Despite having just two championship victories this year, Notts have among the highest batting bonus points in Division One.
One more tomorrow, if they can make 22 runs in 14 overs, will not go amiss.
“I actually think the batting group has been very good all year,” Hussey added. “Mikey Lumb, Steven Mullaney up front, Rikki Wessels, he’s done his job as well.
“So it’s nice to get 400 tomorrow and we’ll hopefully play it by ear after that.”