Luke Fletcher claims career-best as Nottinghamshire crush winless Worcester


Notts seamer takes 7 for 37 and 10 for the match after Ben Duckett’s pivotal 177 not out

Nottinghamshire 400 for 5 dec (Duckett 177*, Mullaney 88, James 78) beat Worcestershire 80 (Fletcher 7-37) and 150 (Libby 64, Paterson 4-49, Fletcher 3-20) by an innings and 170 runs

Luke Fletcher returned career-best figures for the second consecutive match as Nottinghamshire crushed winless Worcestershire by an innings and 170 runs to take maximum points and go top of Group One in the LV=Insurance County Championship.

Fletcher, the 32-year-old pace bowler, took 7 for 37 as Worcestershire were skittled for 80 in their first innings, ending with ten wickets in the match, another career first, as the visitors crumbled to 150 all out following on.

Only Jake Libby and Brett D’Oliveira offered anything close to meaningful resistance, Libby making 64 to go past 600 runs for the season – only Durham’s David Bedingham has more.

But after he was dismissed by England’s Stuart Broad the last seven Worcestershire wickets fell for 47, South African seamer Dane Paterson taking 4 for 49, his best figures for the county so far.

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