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County cricket talking points: Luke Fletcher’s return helps Notts go top

Luke Fletcher missed half of last season due to an awful head injury so it is great to see him back on form for Nottinghamshire

By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog

Nottinghamshire sit atop Division One after a second win of the season, blowing away Worcestershire by an innings at New Road. Four tall pacers proved too much for Joe Leach’s men, who surrendered their 20 wickets in just 65 overs – it might be a long season for the winless Pears. Stuart Broad and Harry Gurney did their bit, but credit also goes to a couple of comeback kids: Luke Fletcher and Jake Ball. Fletcher spent the second half of the 2017 season wondering if he would play again after being hit hard on the head by a Sam Hain drive, filling in his rehab time doing media work, demonstrating that his reputation as a good egg is well earned. Jake Ball had been dreaming of Ashes glory, but looked intimidated and broken after a disastrous first Test in Brisbane and had but a single ODI after that on a long and difficult tour. Each got a “Michelle” in this match – and another boost to confidence.

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