Paul Coughlin struck a half century, whilst Ben Duckett and Luke Wood passed 40 as the trio made the most of their final bat of the pre-season tour of South Africa.
Nottinghamshire, on the first day of their final tour match before returning to the UK this weekend, made 271 all out in 80.3 overs against Durham.
At the start of the day, Ben Slater and Chris Nash stepped out together for the third time on tour, and the first time against the red ball, after their handy partnerships in the two 50-over matches.
Nash had scored eight by the time James Weighell dismissed him and for much of the morning session it was slow going for the Nottinghamshire batsmen.
Slater and Jake Libby were cautious in their second wicket partnership and had almost made the lunch interval when the former fell, LBW to Chris Rushworth for 21.
Libby (18) and Joe Clarke (25) joined Slater in getting starts but couldn’t kick on, lbw to Matt Salisbury and Chris Rushworth respectively.
Captain Steven Mullaney, playing as a batsman only after recovering from a groin strain, looked fluent early on before the Durham bowlers pegged him back, caught behind off Ben Raine for 23.
Regular wickets had restricted Nottinghamshire to 112-5 as Couglin joined Duckett out in the middle to share in the best partnership of the day.
The duo added 60 for the sixth wicket, left-hander Duckett taking his tour tally to 241 runs in four knocks, before he fell to Scott Steel for 41.
Coughlin powered on after losing Zak Chappell and was eventually seventh man out for 56, the highest score of the day, also dismissed by Steel.
There was still time left in the day for the impressive Luke Wood to take his tour average to 82.5 by posting 48 not out from 64 balls, with nine boundaries.
However, he ran out of support at the other end as Rushworth (4-22) returned to dismiss Jake Ball (13) and Lyndon James (0).
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