County Championship: Notts suffer first defeat of 2017 campaign

Chris Read’s final game at Trent Bridge ended in defeat as Worcestershire inflicted a first Specsavers County Championship reverse of the season on Division Two leaders Nottinghamshire.

Daryl Mitchell ended unbeaten on 139, passing 1,000 first-class runs for the season in the process, as second-placed Worcestershire, who required a further 103 runs at the start of day four, reached their target of 226 for the loss of just George Rhodes (21) and Tom Fell (30).

Mitchell’s side have cut Notts’ lead at the top of Division Two to 15 points with two games remaining – Worcester host Leicestershire and Durham while Notts visit Northamptonshire and Sussex.

Read, who stuck 38 in his last innings on his home track before retiring, was applauded off the field by players and officials from both sides following Worcestershire’s first Championship victory at Trent Bridge since 2000.

Winless Leicestershire, meanwhile, remain rooted to the foot of the second tier after suffering a seventh defeat in 12 matches, a 10-wicket thrashing at home to Gloucestershire.

Liam Norwell scooped the final three Leicestershire wickets to bag career-best figures of 8-43, before Chris Dent and Cameron Bancroft eased Gloucestershire to the required 15 runs in 3.3 overs.

Plus, Derbyshire and Glamorgan drew in Derby after suffering a third washout in four days, with play called off before the scheduled 10.30am start due to heavy overnight rain.

A full County Championship round-up will appear here at the end of play.