On loan opener Scott Newman underlined his credentials with an unbeaten 46 as Nottinghamshire began their reply to Somerset’s declared first innings total.

Newman hit 6 fours in partnerships with Matthew Wood (9), Paul Franks (4) and Adam Voges (10) and will resume alongside nightwatchman Ryan Sidebottom with Notts on 77-3.

“Scott has played very well and looked solid throughout his innings and now we need him to continue to lay the foundations for a good score,” said Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell.

“He left the ball well and scored most of his boundaries off the front foot and he’s enjoying the opportunity to play first class cricket with us.

“He’s fitted in well and quietly gone about his business in the nets and in the field and he’s keen to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Ryan Sidebottom finished with 5-106 as Somerset declared on 401-8, securing maximum batting points whilst denying Notts maximum bowling points in the process. Sidebottom had Max Waller lbw but number ten batsman Caddick faced just 11 deliveries before the home side passed the 440 run milestone.

“We’re in a situation where a win for us looks unlikely so we’re disappointed not to have picked up maximum bowling points but it’s Somerset’s right to win as many points for themselves whilst minimising the points that we can win,” said Newell.

“Ryan bowled very well with good pace and hopefully he can maintain that because England have requested that we rest him at Horesham.next week.”

Rain was a persistent barrier to play Sunday's prospects are much improved.