Nottinghamshire edge past record low total

Published: Sunday, June 1, 2003, 2:05 [IST]
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London: Nottinghamshire came close to setting a new, if unwanted record, for the lowest total in a first-class innings when they were bowled out for 79 on the first day of their English County Championship first division match against Essex at Trent Bridge on Friday. At one stage, Nottinghamshire were eight for seven in their innings and subsequently 19 for nine. But a last wicket partnership of 60 between Nadeem Malik (30 not out) and Australia leg spinner Stuart MacGill (27) saw Nottinghamshire avoid the follow-on after Essex had made 203. No Nottinghamshire batsman in a top eight featuring three Test players - England's Jason Gallian and Usman Afzaal and New Zealand's Chris Cairns - made more than Afzaal's three. Four batsmen, including Gallian, were out for nought, while Cairns made only one. Zimbabwe-born Queensland left-arm paceman Scott Brant - whose compatriots were thrashed by an innings and 92 runs in the first Test against England at Lord's last week - took six for 45. In all, 23 wickets fell in the day's play. At stumps Essex were 39 for three in their second innings. The world record lowest first-class innings total is 12, made by Oxford University against MCC and Ground at Oxford in 1877 and Northamptonshire against Gloucestershire at Gloucester in 1907. However, Oxford had one man absent. Should Nottinghamshire win this match it would still not be the most remarkable comeback in championship history. Back in 1922, Hampshire were bowled out for 15 in their first innings against Warwickshire at Edgbaston. But, following on, they scored 521 and won by 155 runs. Copyright AFP 2001

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