Championship Rewind: Nottinghamshire v Warwickshire 2019
The Bears’ will visit Trent Bridge where, in 2019, they recorded one of the great fightback wins in the club’s history – thanks largely to 324 runs (567 balls, 716 minutes, 40 fours) from Sibley.
When Nottinghamshire closed the first day on 425 for six it was, to say the least, a case of ‘good game to win’ for the Bears. But win it they did.
They replied to Notts’ 498 with 488, Sibley batting through the innings for 215 (420 balls, 531 minutes, 30 fours). Olly Hannon-Dalby, Jeetan Patel and George Garrett then shared nine wickets to bowl the home side out for 260 second time around – and the Bears knocked off 271 for two in 55.2 overs, Sibley adding 109 (147 balls, ten fours) to secure an eight-wicket win.
It was a superb team effort, crowned by the excellence of Sibley in a performance which inked his name into England’s winter tour party and accelerated his pathway into Test cricket.
“It was my first four-day game at Trent Bridge and to fight back from the position we were in to win the game was pretty special,” he recalls. “We went round the park on the first morning and I remember thinking how quick the outfield was and how good it was for batting. Steven Mullaney was on 98 after the first session and there were some stern words at lunchtime!
“After a first day like that, you are just thinking ‘let’s try and draw the game,’ but we dug in with the bat and then the bowlers did really well in the third innings, which is so often crucial, and suddenly we were right back in the game. The guys bowled well again on the fourth morning and we managed to chase it down.Dom Sibley
“In the first innings, I just set my stall out and tried to give the boys someone to bat around, but the second innings is probably one of my favourite innings I have ever played. It was in a chase and showed I can score at a quicker tempo when I need to.
“I was seeing it nicely, coming off the back of a double ton in the first innings, and we went into tea on the last day about 70 for none. Then Will Rhodes hit a couple of sixes and suddenly we were ahead of the game and it was just a question of maintaining it. We just ticked it over nicely.
“Michael Burgess came in and hit a few big blows and then Matt Lamb came in and finished it off with a red-inker. He was a bit unlucky, actually – he was credited with one not out even though it hit a glorious four to win the game!
“I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t see the boys over the line but by that stage I was pretty tired – I’d been on the field all game. It will always be a special memory for me, not just because I scored runs, but because it was such an amazing win for Warwickshire.”
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