Notts captain Chris Read hit 115 not out to help transform his side’s fortunes after a shaky start on day three at Headingley.

Struggling on 115-5 when Read came in to bat, a partnership of 136 with Graeme Swann (68) swung the momentum and Stuart Broad (52no) continued the trend.

Mark Wagh made 56 but watched on as Matt Wood (20), Adam Voges (6) and Samit Patel (10) were dismissed, Patel having left a Matthew Hoggard delivery which seamed and hit off stump.

Swann was the most aggressive of the Notts batsmen, hitting a classy reverse sweep at the expense of Yorkshire spinner Adil Rashid who had taken an excellent one-handed catch to see off Wagh.

“It’s always pleasing to score runs and especially because when I came to the crease we were struggling a little bit but I enjoyed a good partnership with Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad is performing very well,” said Read.

“The fact that the England captain was in the field is neither here nor there because he already knows what I can and can’t do and my thoughts are very much on Notts.

“Swanny and Broady have been given the chance to bat a little bit higher in the order and the fact that Mark Ealham is at number nine having hit 130 not out already this season shows the depth that we have.

“We are in a strong position and we are doing all that we can to get maximum batting bonus points and continue the good start that we have made to the season.”

Play closed with Notts on 356-6 having bowled out Yorkshire for 299 in the first innings.