Patel, Taylor turn day Notts' way
Nottinghamshire 377 (Patel 99, Taylor 88, Read 59, Stokes 3-70) v Durham
Samit Patel and James Taylor rescued Nottinghamshire with a 192-run partnership as the home side recovered to post 377 on the first day at Trent Bridge.
Patel fell one run short of his century while Taylor hit 88 to help Nottinghamshire recover from a disastrous start that saw the hosts 29 for 3. Chris Read also played his part, making an unbeaten 59 before No. 11 Andre Adams was caught in the final over to wrap up an intriguing opening day.
England duo Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes were both in action, returning from knee and hand injuries respectively with varying success. Stokes took 3 for 70, including the vital scalps of both Patel and Taylor, but Broad was less influential as he was dismissed for a duck.
The hosts won the toss and elected to bat but made the worst possible start when Steven Mullaney was out on the first ball of the match, nicking Chris Rushworth into the gloves of wicket keeper Phil Mustard.
Things went from bad to worse soon after as both Phil Jaques and Michael Lumb were caught off Usman Arshad to put the visitors firmly in the driving seat.
But from there, the day took an altogether different turn as Taylor and Patel arrived at the crease and skilfully steered Nottinghamshire back into the game. Patel, whose 99 came in 141 balls and included 13 fours and one six, was dismissed just one run short of his century, as he was caught by Gareth Breese off Stokes.
Having negotiated 266 balls together, Taylor then fell exactly the same way 14 balls later to make the score 232 for 5.
With the momentum swinging back in Durham's favour, Riki Wessels did well to steady the ship before being caught and bowled by Gavin Main, who then sent Broad back to the pavilion too as he clean bowled the England allrounder.
Durham looked like they might finish Nottinghamshire off for under 300 but Peter Siddle's gutsy 31 and Ajmal Shahzad frustrated the visitors and added precious runs - and another bonus point - in the evening session.