Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell hopes to call on Darren Pattinson when he finalises his team to face Yorkshire in the penultimate round of LV= County Championship fixtures.

Pattinson appears to be winning his fitness battle after limping out of the Durham defeat with a sprained ankle but Jake Ball has been included as cover in a 13-man squad.

“If we get four dry days then I am sure there will be a result in the game because the Trent Bridge pitches haven’t been conducive to draws this season,” said Newell.

“The winner will be a strong position and the key battle for me will be our top order batsmen against a young Yorkshire seam attack.”

Yorkshire still retain hope of winning the LV= County Championship although Somerset are perhaps the most likely title challengers.

They lie third in the LV= County Championship, 25 points behind leaders Notts and three behind second-placed Somerset.

“Somerset are still in it but we have no control over how many points they will pick up whereas we have a lot of control over how many points Yorkshire will pick up so we won’t concern ourselves with what is going on elsewhere,” said Newell.

“We’ve put the Durham fixture behind us and addressed any areas of concern and we’re completely focussed on Yorkshire.”

Samit Patel is likely to open the batting alongside Alex Hales with Mark Wagh and Adam Voges completing the top four. Play begins at 10.30am.

Nottinghamshire team to face Yorkshire (from): Samit Patel, Alex Hales, Mark Wagh, Adam Voges, Ali Brown, Chris Read, Steven Mullaney, Paul Franks, Andre Adams, Luke Fletcher, Darren Pattinson, Jake Ball, Neil Edwards