County cricket talking points: Notts are threatening to emulate Essex

Newly promoted Nottinghamshire are top of the table after their third win of the season. Will they ‘do an Essex’?

By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog

Nottinghamshire’s third win of the season puts them 17 points clear at the top of Division One, as they seek to “do an Essex” popping out of Division Two and going straight through Division One until the champagne corks fly in September. At Trent Bridge, Steve Mullaney’s men took a simple route to victory – score 300-odd twice and bowl the opposition out for 200-odd twice in return. Though Samit Patel chipped in with four Hampshire wickets, it was Notts’ four tall seamers who again proved the difference, Stuart Broad grabbing the lion’s share this week with six scalps. Conceding 66 and 112 to Hashim Amla (last man out in the second innings) but still winning by over 200 runs, is the mark of a side with significant weaponry in its bowling arsenal – and one that will take a bit of stopping.

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