Nottinghamshire’s Second XI made an impressive return to action in their Championship fixture at Lady Bay, finishing day one against Derbyshire 250 runs ahead with eight visiting wickets remaining.
The first-innings score of 282 from the Green and Golds came courtesy of sizable contributions from Liam Patterson-White, who fell three short of his century, Brett Hutton, 67, and Sol Budinger, 49, before late wickets for Hutton and Toby Pettman sent the hosts into day two in good order.
With both sides featuring a host of first team performers in anticipation of the LV= Insurance County Championship’s resumption, Derbyshire elected to bowl and were quickly vindicated, Ben Compton, Matthew Montgomery and Lyndon James dismissed for single figure scores, and Notts reduced to 22-3
The introduction of Patterson-White and Budinger turned the tide for the home side, though. The pair accumulated carefully before the latter took Julius Sumerauer for three boundaries from the 19th over.
The duo continued in a similar vein until Budinger was eventually dismissed, Brooke Guest clutching the edge for Matt Critchley’s first wicket with the score having ticked to three figures during the previous over.
Peter Trego’s half-hour stay at the crease brought 20 runs before his drive was caught at point, cueing the arrival of Hutton with the score on 137-5.
As the momentum of the day teetered, the duo shared a 115 run partnership, with the left-handed all-rounder bringing up his fifty in the afternoon session before pressing on towards a century.
He was stopped on the return from tea, though, caught by Alex Hughes at mid off, not long after Hutton had reached his own half-century, and the final four wickets fell for the addition of 30 runs, 20 of which came from Fateh Singh who finished unbeaten.
With 15 overs still possible as the day neared its conclusion, Harry Came departed without Derbyshire scoring, James snaring a smart catch low at third slip off Hutton’s bowling, and Tom Wood chipped back to Pettman before Reece and Critchley played out the remaining overs to finish 32-2.