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    Pattinson eases Notts to 10-wkt win

    James Pattinson takes his first 5-for in a Notts shirt as they thrash Leics by 10 wickets in Division Two

    Nottinghamshire took less than an hour to complete a 10-wicket victory over Leicestershire on the third day of the Specsavers County Championship match at the Fischer County Ground.

    Resuming on 51-6, still needing another 27 runs to make the visitors back again, Leicestershire's remaining batsmen could not cope with the pace of James Pattinson.

    Night-watchman Gavin Griffiths was first to go, edging Pattinson to third slip, where Greg Smith took a fine diving two-handed catch diving to his right.

    Highlights - Pattinson bowls Notts to victory

    James Pattinson takes his first 5-for in a Notts shirt as they thrash Leics by 10 wickets in Division Two.

    Zak Chappell was caught behind off the inside edge, and Leicestershire captain Mark Cosgrove mis-pulled Luke Fletcher to Michael Lumb at midwicket. Pattinson then ripped out Clint McKay's off-stump, giving the Victorian figures of 5-29 for the innings, to go with 3-55 in Leicestershire's first innings.

    Pattinson also hit a first-class career best 89 not out, completing an outstanding debut for Nottinghamshire, whose win was their first in the County Championship since beating Surrey in the first game of the 2016 season.

    The defeat completes a deflating few days for Leicestershire, who were deducted 16 points on the eve of the season following an incident in their match against Loughborough MCCU.

    Luke Fletcher said afterwards: “It's always a great feeling getting a result in the Championship. Saturday's partnership between Stuart Broad and James Pattinson got us ahead of the game, and then to come out and bowl the way we did last night was brilliant really.

     

    “Then this morning Jimmy Pattinson came down that hill from the Bennett End and bowled rockets, and I was in quite a good rhythm from the Pavilion End. The dressing room is a good place to be right now because a lot of work goes into these games, and sometimes you can get frustrated. Hopefully we'll take this momentum up to Durham and have a good crack there.”

    Leicestershire head coach Pierre de Bruyn added: “I feel we came across a very good side. We prepared accordingly and on the first day managed to get ourselves out of trouble and then put them under pressure with the ball on day two.

    “But we are better than this and I will continue to back these guys to bounce back. Facing the likes of James Pattinson and Stuart Broad, world-class bowlers, sets a benchmark. But we know we weren't good enough.

    “It's the first game and I need to back these players. Our noses are out of joint, but we're not going to panic over selection. Every player is in the mix. It's been a very tough few days with the 16-point deduction on the eve of the match and then this result. But this dressing room has character, we'll have a good week of preparation and we will fight back.”

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