Four different Nottinghamshire bowlers were all in the wickets on a hard-fought first day of the LV= Insurance County Championship match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

Dane Paterson secured three late on, while Lyndon James, Steven Mullaney and Liam Patterson-White all took a scalp each as the hosts closed on 250-6.

Captain Will Rhodes was the Bears’ top scorer with 91, and contributions also came from half-centurion Sam Hain (61), and Matt Lamb, who finished unbeaten on 43*.

James struck gold first, removing Rob Yates with only his sixth ball of the day, before Mullaney and Patterson-White then ended the morning and afternoon sessions, respectively, with their dismissals.

For Notts, it was very much an ebb-and-flow day, as despite not being able to replicate their skittling of Worcestershire last week, they repeatedly pegged back the hosts, as well as ensuring that runs were hard to come by.

Mullaney won the toss and elected to field first, a decision that initially paid dividends as James clean-bowled Yates for eight with late swing inside the first hour.

Zak Chappell, recalled to the first team in place of England’s Stuart Broad, asked questions with a probing spell, as did his opening partner Luke Fletcher, whose purple patch of bowling form continued, albeit on this occasion without reward.

Rhodes and Pieter Malan showed solid resistance for the home side’s second wicket before Mullaney found the second breakthrough moments before the first break, as he pinned Malan in front for 17 to leave the hosts 78-2.

Hain and Rhodes continued to stubbornly repel the visiting attack, adding 85 across 35 afternoon session overs – and it would take a moment of magic to finally end their obdurate stand.

Seconds before tea, Rhodes looked to flick Patterson-White into the leg side, but succeeded only in seeing Haseeb Hameed claim a fine reactive catch at short leg.

Paterson then setup a tantalising day two with a late burst inside the day’s final few overs, removing both Hain and his replacement Michael Burgess lbw, before seeing Hameed snaffle Bresnan at third slip.


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