Half centuries from Samit Patel and Riki Wessels enabled Nottinghamshire to reach 302 after opting to bat first on the opening day of their Specsavers County Championship match against Hampshire at Trent Bridge.

Patel made 73, scoring his runs from 92 balls, with 12 fours. He shared in a partnership of 95 with Ross Taylor, who hit 47, before Wessels anchored the second half of the innings with 54 from 89 balls.

Fidel Edwards was the pick of the Hampshire bowlers, taking four for 84.

In the final session of the day Stuart Broad picked up two wickets and Luke Fletcher grabbed another as Hampshire closed on 70 for three, still 232 runs behind.


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