Steven Mullaney’s excellent pre-season form continued as the second day of Nottinghamshire’s friendly against Northamptonshire proved to be a good one for batting.

The skipper, who took two wickets in two balls on day one, retired unbeaten after making a brisk 54 before lunch.

He spent much of the morning session in the company of Chris Nash, who made a composed 50 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Luke Procter. 

Joe Clarke and Samit Patel also secured valuable time in the middle ahead of next week’s season opener against Yorkshire, with both making 44.

This provided a base for Notts to take the attack to the visitors, with Paul Coughlin’s fluent 61 featuring eye-catching scoring around the wicket.

This was followed by some big hitting from Luke Wood (28) and Luke Fletcher, who returned to make 20 after being given out LBW for 0 earlier in the innings.

Nottinghamshire closed their innings on 400 at tea, before Mark Footitt took his turn in the spotlight, dismissing Luke Procter who was given out LBW for 7.

Luke Wood added the dismissal of Vasconcelos for 25 shortly before the close as the visitors closed on 150-2 from their 30 overs with Josh Cobb posting an unbeaten half-century.


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