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Adams and Fletcher finish the job

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Luke Fletcher

Paceman Luke Fletcher finished with impressive figures of 4-53 as Nottinghamshire got off to a winning start in the championship this season

Andre Adams and Luke Fletcher finished with four second-innings wickets apiece as Nottinghamshire wrapped up a 92-run success in their opening LV= County Championship match of the season against Worcestershire at Trent Bridge.

The hosts needed just over an hour this morning to take the final four wickets required for victory, dismissing Worcestershire, who were pursuing 392, for 299.

Opening bowler Fletcher set the ball rolling in the day’s first over and, with the rain closing in, also claimed the final wicket of Alan Richardson to finish with 4-53.

In between, New Zealander Adams weighed in with the other two scalps to post figures of 4-90. Nottinghamshire took 19 points from the game and Worcestershire just three.

Fletcher ensured Notts got off to a perfect start as he broke through with the sixth ball of the morning, pinning Shaaiq Choudhry lbw with a delivery that initially looked to be heading down the leg side only to swing back enough to win a positive verdict from umpire Tim Robinson.

Having both been dropped at third slip, James Cameron and David Lucas put on 33 as Worcestershire fought valiantly in the face of some fine bowling.

But the latter played one shot too many, inside-edging on to his stumps before Adams claimed a low caught-and-bowled chance to oust Richard Jones.

Neil Edwards then shelled a comfortable catch at second slip with Cameron on 26, but it mattered little as - two balls later - Fletcher’s leg-before appeal was upheld, Richardson departing for a duck.

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