Lyndon James hit his maiden Notts half-century before contributing to an eight-wicket burst in the evening session as the Green and Golds concluded their pre-season preparations.

Academy graduate James’ milestone moment arrived midway through the afternoon, and underlined the young all-rounder’s burgeoning talent.

There were also contributions with the bat from Joe Clarke, who made 38, and Liam Patterson-White, who racked up a quick 36.

James went on to make an unbeaten 75 as Notts concluded their innings on 304-10, having fought back throughout the afternoon from their position at lunch of 159-7.

Eight wickets then fell in the evening, all to Notts Academy graduates, as Leicestershire closed out their final 30 overs on 99-8.

Earlier, Ben Duckett and Clarke had resumed with Notts on an overnight total of 75-2, but an early Chris Wright burst saw the hosts lose three wickets in the first hour.

The Leicestershire paceman was fortunate to bowl Duckett off the straps of his pads on 21, before inducing edges from Ben Compton (2) and captain Steven Mullaney (4) as Nottinghamshire fell to 100-5.

Clarke and Tom Moores, who hit 14, applied themselves well with a stand of 26, before proceedings again became tricky as both were caught in the space of two overs.

However, a fightback led by James and Patterson-White saw the Green and Golds through to lunch without further loss.

The latter was removed early in the afternoon session, but James continued to bat positively in a stand of 65 with the returning Compton, who made 15 on his second visit to the crease.

Compton’s second dismissal of the day, pinned lbw by Colin Ackermann for 15, brought another returning Notts batsman to the middle in Haseeb Hameed. However, he suffered the same fate as Compton, falling for nine to a ball that scooted through devilishly low.

Subsequently, it was up to James and Ben Slater, who had made 16 yesterday, to guide the hosts through to tea. They took up the challenge assuredly, adding a further 32 before the Notts innings drew to a close.

Visiting openers Lewis Hill and George Rhodes advanced to 52 without loss in the final session, before Hutton had Hill caught behind by Moores for 27.

The seamer claimed another with his very next ball, removing Harry Swindells with a fine delivery that passed cleanly between bat and pad to uproot the Leicestershire wicketkeeper’s off stump.

James then continued his memorable day as Moores took another low catch to dismiss Rhodes, before Hutton snared his third and fourth of the evening after Ben Mike played on and Callum Parkinson was pinned in front.

Spinner Patterson-White and seamer Joey Evison then found time late on to claim three scalps between them, with the final session of pre-season setting Notts up perfectly for the season proper.


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