Lyndon James fell just short of a century for the Nottinghamshire Second XI on day one of their friendly against Durham at Darlington Cricket Club.
The skipper, who opened the batting for his side, eventually fell for 94 as Nottinghamshire posted 223-5 from their 60 overs, with Jayden Schadendorf adding 70*.
Chris Sanders then struck twice in quick succession early in Durham’s reply before Graham Clark (64*) and Stuart Poynter (60*) put on an unbeaten 125-run partnership to end the day on 139-2.
Back at the start of the day, James strode to the crease with opening partner Ben Compton under sunny skies at Darlington.
The pair frustrated the hosts’ bowling attack, putting on 39 for the opening wicket in 18.2 overs, before Compton fell to Josh Coughlin for seven.
Liam Patterson-White departed shortly after, caught behind off Oliver Gibson but James found good support in Sol Budinger (21) in putting on 42 for the third wicket.
Budinger fell caught behind off Brodie Glendinning but, alongside Schadendorf, James was able to open his shoulders with 15 fours and a solitary six coming in an impressive knock.
Having helped to put on 104 runs for the fourth wicket, James ultimately became the second of Glendinning's three victioms, dismissed for 94.
The Durham bowler took his third wicket shortly after but Schadendorf continued scoring at a serene pace, his 70 coming from just 81 balls as Nottinghamshire’s batting portion of the day came to an end.
Durham’s reply got off to a stuttering start, with Michael Jones and Solomon Bell back in the hutch with just 14 on the board – both at the hands of Sanders.
However, Clark and Poynter, the former Irish international, steadied the ship for the hosts before unleashing their array of strokes.
Clark was the first to reach his fifty, coming off just 46 balls, as the hundred partnership for the third wicket came up in just 88 minutes off 116 deliveries.
Poynter, the more circumspect out of the two batsmen, followed Clark to the half-century mark off 77 balls.
James rotated his bowlers throughout the 30 overs possible in the evening session, with himself, Sanders, Jack Blatherwick, Patterson-White, Tom Barber and Andrew Neal all having a five-over spell.
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