Ben Kitt and Matt Carter took three wickets apiece but Nottinghamshire’s Second XI nevertheless suffered a chastening day in the field on the first day of their County Championship clash against Leicestershire at Kibworth.

After winning the toss and opting to bat under sunny skies, the hosts’ Harry Dearden and Harry Swindells both scored centuries in an opening stand of 215.

Lewis Hill and Mark Pettini also registered half centuries to carry Leicestershire to 358-3, and they eventually finished on 401-7 declared.

It left Notts nine overs to bat at the end of the day and they progressed to 35-0 before stumps.

Taking first knock, the Foxes' Dearden hit an excellent 118 from 153 balls, with 13 fours, until he edged a catch to keeper Tom Keast off the bowling of Matt Carter (3-96).

Carter struck again to bowl Aadil Ali for 2 and after Swindells scored 110 from 174 balls, with 14 fours, the spinner claimed a third wicket, inducing an edge taken by Lyndon James at first slip.

At tea, the score was 324-3, and Pettini reached 52 before he was trapped lbw by Ben Kitt (3-57), ending a partnership of 103 runs with Hill.

Tommy Taylor went quickly as he caught by keeper Keast off Kitt for 2 and soon after Hill (70) was the victim of a sharp caught and bowled from the same bowler, diving to his right.

The final wicket to fall was that of Dan Butchart for 7 when he out lbw to Kamau Leverock as Leicestershire declared with Ben Mike unbeaten on 14 and Dieter on 11.

Chris Gibson (23 not out) and Jake Libby (11 not out) opened for Notts and managed to see their team through to the close and give the visitors hope they could fight their way back into the match on day two.


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