Lyndon James, a 19-year old former academy graduate on his first-class debut, altered the complexion of the opening day of Nottinghamshire’s Specsavers County Championship match against Essex at Trent Bridge.
The Worksop-born all-rounder recovered from the disappointment of only making a single in his maiden innings by snaring three wickets for 34 during his opening spell, to leave the contest on an even keel.
Essex closed on 133-5, with another debutant, India’s Murali Vijay, making 56.
Earlier, Notts had been bowled out for only 177 in 58.1 overs, after winning the toss and opting to bat first.
Ben Slater top-scored for the home side with 33 but Essex’s three front-line seamers held sway and shared all the wickets to go down.
Jamie Porter finished with figures of four for 50, Matt Quinn took three for 37 and Matt Coles closed with three for 62.
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