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Patel and Pattinson put Leicestershire to the sword

Leicestershire 134 (Pattinson 5-33) trail Nottinghamshire 548 for 9 (Patel 247, Taylor 61) by 414 runs
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Samit Patel produced his second double-century in consecutive matches before James Pattinson ripped through Leicestershire's batting with an explosive burst of genuinely fast bowling to put Nottinghamshire into a strong position at the halfway stage of their Specsavers County Championship match at Trent Bridge.

The 32-year old Patel, who scored an unbeaten career-best 257 against Gloucestershire at Bristol last week, almost matched that effort before falling for 247 soon after lunch.

Patel batted for over seven hours and faced 305 balls, hitting 29 fours and two sixes as he became the first Nottinghamshire player to score 200 in successive matches.

Once Patel had been dismissed, Stuart Broad threw the bat to good effect and raced to 50 not out, at which point Chris Read declared the innings closed on 548 for 9. Dieter Klein returned the most successful figures for the Foxes, taking 6 for 142 from 31 overs.

Leicestershire had no real answer to the pace of Pattinson, who returned figures of 5 for 33, and were dismissed for 134 in 49.5 overs, a deficit of 414. Read then enforced the follow-on with four overs remaining but bad light prevented the players from returning.

The Leicestershire innings was plunged into early disarray with Pattinson removing both Harry Dearden and Mark Cosgrove in a slippery opening burst. Re-introduced after tea, he then had Mark Pettini caught at third slip before demolishing the stumps of Lewis Hill and Gavin Griffiths, each with searing yorkers.

Luke Fletcher claimed the scalp of Colin Ackermann and then Jake Ball got in the act by dismissing both Ned Eckersley and the stubborn Paul Horton, who made 31.

Steven Mullaney also chipped in with two wickets, including that of Ben Raine, who batted with a runner after incurring a side strain on the opening day.

Earlier, Riki Wessels, after a fifth-wicket partnership of 113 with Patel, departed for 30 after nicking the left-arm quick to Paul Horton at first slip and then Read, playing his 300th first-class match, made just 7 before nicking behind. Maximum points already secured, Notts pushed on with Pattinson playing some delightful shots on his way to 33 before being caught sweeping the offspin of Ackermann.

Fletcher was caught behind from his first ball, giving Klein his sixth victim. Broad, aware that a declaration was imminent, hit four fours and three sixes to reach his third 50 of the summer and prompt the declaration.