Mullaney makes chilled out claim

17 April 2018 06:27:04 EST

Steven Mullaney reckons he was more laid back than he imagined he would be after celebrating victory in his first game as Nottinghamshire's County Championship captain.

Mullaney, who inherited the post from the retired Chris Read over the winter, saw his team beat former club Lancashire in an extraordinary match at Old Trafford.

I sat there yesterday and thought it wasn't what I'd expected. I thought I was going to be more nervous but if anything, I was too chilled.

Steven Mullaney

The match appeared to be heading nowhere into the final day but a burst of 12 wickets for just 25 runs meant it didn't even extend to lunch.

Lancashire had been 49 without loss on the third evening but Harry Gurney claimed career-best figures of six for 25 and Jake Ball returned his best ever match haul as the hosts were dismissed for just 73.

Nottinghamshire secured 20 points from their first game back in Division One, although they did lose four wickets reaching their 10-run target.

"I sat there yesterday and thought it wasn't what I'd expected. I thought I was going to be more nervous but if anything, I was too chilled," said Mullaney.

"I'm sure there'll be some nervy moments to come but I'm just glad we've got over the line and started with a win.

"I wouldn't have minded if we'd got there with nine wickets down, it was just about winning because 20 points is a big start."

Nottinghamshire are 5/1 to win the County Championship title this year, while Essex are priced at 3/1 and Surrey are available at 9/2.

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