Nottinghamshire v Durham, Trent Bridge, 1st day

Patel, Taylor turn day Notts' way

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May 25, 2014

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Nottinghamshire 377 (Patel 99, Taylor 88, Read 59, Stokes 3-70) v Durham

Samit Patel made 93, Nottinghamshire v Lancashire, Trent Bridge, County Championship Division One, 1st day, April, 6, 2014
Samit Patel was out one run short of a century © PA Photos

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.

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Posted by markatnotts on (May 26, 2014, 8:22 GMT)

Taylor has got runs this year without getting a really big score or to. I agree he will miss out in the Tests. Regarding Broad I think England intend to have him play two four day games for us and get him ready for the Tests. He has been bowling better in the longest format for England for a while now. Anyway contrary to earlier forecasts the weather is good to day so I am hoping to see Broad and Siddle along with Shazhad and Adams make life hard for Durham!

Posted by CodandChips on (May 26, 2014, 7:22 GMT)

Taylor's county form this season perhaps hasn't been enough for him to earn a test place. The top 5 was always to contain Cook, Bell and Root, and now it looks to have Ballance and Robson. And with the lack of Swann I assume England will go with 5 bowlers.

Stokes and Broad may have made their returns today but I wouldn't rush them back for the tests. Stokes especially as I'm not completely certain about him. His bowling lacks control and his batting is not consistent (which is why I prefer Woakes, though he hasn't scored any runs this season).

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