Three wickets for Liam Patterson-White saw Nottinghamshire wrestle their way back into the contest on a testing opening day against East Midlands neighbours Leicestershire.

The hosts closed on 340/8 as Colin Ackermann and Lewis Hill both hit centuries, though Notts fought back late in the day with four wickets in the evening session, of which three were taken by Patterson-White.

James Pattinson also snared two scalps as the Green and Golds worked hard for their wickets, with Hutton, Dane Paterson and Steven Mullaney all joining him in picking up one of their own each.

Earlier, having won the toss, visiting skipper Mullaney opted to field first, and his decision initially appeared to receive full vindication as Hutton and Pattinson found movement before the latter struck early.

Hasan Azad was the man to go for five, fending a shorter delivery from the Australian to Hutton at third slip in the day’s second over, but Hill and Rishi Patel stared down more seam movement to push the Foxes past 50.

Patel departed for 26 shortly after the end of the first hour, as Paterson caught his outside edge and Joe Clarke completed the catch at first slip.

However, Hill and Ackermann then proceeded to add 141 for the third wicket, with the former making fifty shortly before the lunch break, which the hosts reached on 129/2.

The total then ticked up to 200 as Hill moved from fifty to a full century, reaching three figures off 124 balls shortly before 3:00pm, but Mullaney led from the front as he found a little movement to bowl Hill for 104.

Wiaan Mulder then became Pattinson’s second victim just before tea, nicking through to Tom Moores behind the stumps for 11, and the second interval arrived with Leics 233/4.

The first of Patterson-White’s scalps came an hour into the evening as he bowled Louis Kimber through the gate for 33, before Brett Hutton took full advantage of having a new ball as the same fate befell Harry Swindells.

Ackermann became the second centurion of the day as the final hour crept in, but Patterson-White ensured he would not end the day unbeaten as he induced an edge to Mullaney at slip for 116.

With the very last ball of the day, the spinner, who concluded the day with figures of 3-37, then saw off Leics captain Callum Parkinson for nought in identical fashion to his dismissal of Ackermann.


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