"It's only the start of the journey!" Mullaney reflects on Notts victory over Derbyshire

Al-rounder believes hard work finally paid off...

Saturday, 1st May 2021, 3:51 pm
Steven Mullaney. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Nottinghamshire ended their near-three-year wait for a red ball victory by defeating Derbyshire - but Steven Mullaney believes it's just the start of the journey.

"It's a bit different than what it's been like for the last three years,1043 days I read last night ,so absolutely elated," said the all-rounder.

"A lot of hard work has gone into having this feeling but at the same time we know it's only the start on our journey to getting better as a team but we are obviously made-up to get the first win of this season.

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"I felt we were close but with that hoodoo hanging over us you never believe it until that last wicket is taken.

"It was a great start today with Stuart (Broad) getting two in his first over and he's ran in for both games he's played like it's been a Test Match so credit to him."

Reflecting on the contest, Derbyshire assistant Mal Loye said: "I thought it was a fantastic wicket, a great first-class wicket for both batting and bowling.

"If you got it right with the ball you got your rewards and they clearly did throughout the game so that's credit to them.

"When you've got a class act in Broad and Fletcher and the overseas Paterson and they backed up their class on a good wicket.

"We won the toss and I think it was the right decision to bowl first but we just didn't get the ball in the right areas enough over a long period of time.

"We've just had a meeting and we've agreed we just didn't get it right in that first session and we were always playing catch-up from then on."