Nottinghamshire rammed home the advantage over Worcestershire thanks to skipper Chris Read’s 13th first class hundred and a superb all-round contribution from England’s Stuart Broad.

Broad made an exciting 60 from 62 balls before claiming 4-35 after Read’s 125, including two sixes and 15 fours, ensured Notts secured maximum batting points at Trent Bridge for the first time since July 2007.

Although Graeme Swann only added seven to his overnight 19 before being caught behind off Matt Mason, 22-year-old Broad dominated a seventh wicket partnership of 104 with Read, hitting 11 sumptuous boundaries before playing on to Chris Whelan.

Read showed he was in excellent early season touch with several dismissive pulls to midwicket before perishing at deep fine leg, with Andre Adams stumped and last man Darren Pattinson run out after a mix-up with the undefeated Mark Ealham (21 not out).

Broad then took centre stage with the ball, trapping England Lions opener Stephen Moore lbw with his 10th delivery, before serving up a hostile second spell in the evening session.

Having switched from the Pavilion to the Radcliffe Road End, the tall right-armer took three wickets in seven balls as he had visiting captain Vikram Solanki caught at second slip, bounced out Ben Smith and then took a return catch off Moeen Ali.

The visitors closed on 140-4, still a massive 365 behind and with it all to do to avoid a heavy defeat.