Connor Brown led the Nottinghamshire batting attack with 64 from 175 deliveries on day two of the Second XI Championship fixture against Worcestershire at Lady Bay, spending all 60.5 overs of the Green and Golds’ innings at the crease as wickets fell around him.

Notts finished their innings 219 in arrears after the visitors declared on 345, Zak Chappell the only other batsmen to make it to double figures. 

Centurion Jack Haynes and Jacques Banton took to their crease with the aim of adding to their overnight total, but the latter fell in fourth over of the day when Chappell found his edge. 

Intermittent rain then interrupted Worcestershire’s attempt at stretching their total, and having faced nine overs, Joe Leach decided to declare in conditions favourable for seam bowling, Haynes finishing unbeaten on 177.

In response, Nottinghamshire were plagued by regular dismissals, the first two of which fell in the second over when Matthew Montgomery edged Adam Finch to Tom Fell and Jamie Crawley left alone a ball which jagged back to uproot his off stump. 

Five overs of respite followed before Ben Martindale departed for eight, handing Finch his third, before Academy colleague Travis Holland fell in the 15th, Leach trapping the teenager in front of the stumps to reduce the hosts to 20 for four. 

It brought the experience of skipper Chappell to the crease, who, with Brown, went about steadying the Notts ship. The pair accumulated wisely, with the former Glamorgan batsmen cashing in on wide deliveries by cutting exquisitely through backwards-point.  

The pair added 48 before the Green and Golds lost their fifth, Chappell the man to go as Finch secured his fourth.

Fateh Singh rallied with Brown as he passed his half-century, but four wickets for ten runs in five overs decimated the hosts, with Josh Baker snarring each wicket to fall, including a hat-trick, to leave the home side 96 for nine. 

A stubborn 61-ball stay at the crease from Tom Barber helped lift Notts past three figures and to 129, before Brown was the last to depart, Milton claiming his third catch off Reece Evitts.

With time still left for 12 overs in the day, Chappell struck with the very first ball, inducing an edge from Daryl Mitchell through to Dan Frost, deputising in the place of Dane Schadendorf, before the visitors rode out the final forty minutes of play to finish 42 for one. 

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