Dane Paterson claimed five wickets for 16, including a devastating opening spell which removed Northamptonshire’s top order, and propelled the hosts to a second consecutive home defeat by an innings and 25 runs on the third day of this LV= Insurance County Championship match at Wantage Road.
South African international Paterson proved unplayable with Northamptonshire having few answers in overcast conditions offering prodigious movement for the seamers. Paterson posed a constant challenge around off-stump with a metronomic line and length. His first four scalps came in an opening burst of eight overs, all thanks to catches behind the wicket which left the home side reeling at 11 for four. Despite Saif Zaib (26) putting up some resistance, they never recovered and were all out for 72.
It follows Northamptonshire’s first innings collapse on day two when they lost seven wickets for 17 runs and a similar dispiriting batting display in their last home game against Hampshire which also ended in an innings defeat.
Earlier Joe Clarke (76) scored his second half-century of the season to give Nottinghamshire a healthy 97-run lead which could have been higher but for career best figures of four for 24 for James Sales and four wickets for Tom Taylor as the visitors’ last four wickets fell for just 13 runs. But any hopes that their efforts would open the game back up for Northamptonshire were soon dashed when Paterson had ball in hand.
Nottinghamshire resumed one run behind on 157 for four in testing conditions, the home bowlers frequently beating the bat and drawing the batters into playing outside off-stump.
They made early in roads, taking two wickets in five balls. Taylor picked up his third of the innings when Lyndon James (26) drove loosely to first slip where Ricardo Vasconcelos took a sharp catch. Steven Mullaney went quickly lbw without scoring shouldering arms to Jack White.
By this stage Nottinghamshire were 184 for six, just 26 ahead and Northamptonshire were hopeful of making short work of the lower order. But Liam Patterson-White stuck around with Clarke in a stand worth 58 in 17 overs to steady the ship.
In between unplayable deliveries, Northamptonshire were often guilty of straying from their line allowing Nottinghamshire to cash in, with Clarke passing 50 thanks to a wide legside delivery. Fielding mishaps did not help their cause either as they conceded 14 byes and five wides, while Patterson-White was dropped in the slips on 9.
Ultimately Nottinghamshire’s last four wickets folded quickly, James (15) playing an extravagant drive to Sales giving Vasconcelos a fourth slip catch.
Clarke had played largely fluently, sweetly timing the ball to the boundary, stroking 10 fours in four hours at the crease. But he had also played and missed on several occasions and his innings ended in ignominious fashion, when he flashed needlessly at a wide ball from Sales, steering it straight to deep backward point where Buckingham took a good catch.
Sales picked up his fourth wicket when he got one to come back and knock over Brett Hutton’s stumps while Paterson was last man out, bowled by Taylor.
Northamptonshire’s batting jitters returned immediately with both openers back in the dressing room inside two overs thanks to Paterson who picked up Vasconelos driving loosely low to first slip and Emilio Gay who played in similar fashion, this time giving third slip a comfortable catch.
With Brett Hutton keeping up the pressure at the other end, the procession continued when Whiteman prodded at one just outside off-stump from Paterson with Clarke taking a good tumbling catch behind while Rob Keogh fell two balls later when he was squared up, the ball flying to third slip.
Zaib provided some stubborn resistance, starting to rebuild the Northamptonshire innings in a stand of 35 with Sales, but he rode his luck at times, ultimately falling when he drove James in the air to Slater who took a good tumbling catch at mid-off. Sales departed two runs later when he edged Mullaney behind while Harry Gouldstone flashed at a wide ball from Hutton sending it straight to point.
Gareth Berg gave Paterson his fifth wicket when he flashed at one straight to Ben Duckett in the slips who could only parry it, with Hutton catching it on the rebound. Jordan Buckingham’s run out at the non strikers end compounded Northamptonshire’s woes and it was left to Hutton to take the last wicket, having Taylor caught behind.