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‘Gutted’ Luke Fletcher falls just short of maiden century

Fletcher slipped halfway down the pitch and dropped his bat while on 92 against Durham.

CRICKET 15/04/17 20:31
‘Gutted’ Luke Fletcher falls just short of maiden century

Luke Fletcher was “gutted” after a calamitous run-out cost him a maiden first-class hundred.

Fletcher’s agony was clear as he was run out for 92 – a career-best score that helped his Nottinghamshire side take control at Durham.

The nightwatchman’s eighth-wicket stand of 108 with James Pattinson helped to take the visitors to 305, a lead of 143, and in a 47-over final session Durham recovered from 24 for three to close on 162 for five.

Fletcher never looked like getting out as he equalled the career-best score he made away to Hampshire in 2009. He manoeuvred his stocky frame solidly into line to block the good balls, evaded the short ones intended to unsettle him, and drove with an authority which belied his first-class average of 14.46.

His 153-ball innings cruelly ended after he slipped when trying to turn back from halfway down the pitch.

Had he not also dropped his bat he would have regained his ground at the non-striker’s end.

“To get to 92 was brilliant and it put us in a strong position,” he said. “But I was gutted to get out the way I did. I felt really comfortable all day and just wanted to be patient once I got to 90 and started to think about a century.”