Notts suffer Adams blow
August 30, 2012 11:14:24 UK
Veteran seamer Andre Adams faces an early end to his season to further diminish Nottinghamshire's fading County Championship title hopes.
New Zealander Adams, 37, has been dogged by a calf injury since a Division One contest with Somerset three weeks ago at Taunton, and aggravated it in the current match against leaders Warwickshire.
You want to be able to select your strongest side for the biggest matches and Andre was desperate to play in this one.Mick Newell
He sat out the recent four-day contest at home to Durham, which the visitors won, and was not fully fit for the opening day at Edgbaston this week.
Notts director of cricket Mick Newell explained: "This is an important game and one that we need to win.
"You want to be able to select your strongest side for the biggest matches and Andre was desperate to play in this one."
Adams almost produced a wicket when his second delivery flew off the edge of Ian Westwood's bat and through the slip cordon but he was uncharacteristically expensive as his 18 wicketless overs went for 82 runs.
The former Essex all-rounder, who recently extended his Trent Bridge contract up to the end of the 2014 season, then limped from the field in the final session of the day.
After claiming 68 wickets in Nottinghamshire's title success two years ago and 67 last season, Adams was first to the 50-mark in the top-flight of the Championship this year but will now end the campaign with 54 scalps to his credit.
Adams' loss is a further blow to Notts' hopes of beating the Bears twice and pipping them for the pennant - England stars Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad and Samit Patel are already missing while Australian batsman Adam Voges is unavailable for the final match of the season.
Meanwhile, Sussex are 1213.00 to win the ECB 40 League while Lancashire are at 1213.00 and Hampshire are at 1.90.
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