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Patel and Taylor rescue Notts

Samit Patel and James Taylor rescued Nottinghamshire with a 202-run partnership as the home side set Durham a target of 377.

Nottinghamshire set Durham a target of 377 after the first day in LV= County Championship Division One.

Patel fell one run short of his century while Taylor hit 88 to help Nottinghamshire recover from a disastrous start that saw the hosts 29 for three at Trent Bridge.

Chris Read also played his part, making an unbeaten 59 before number 11 Andre Adams was caught in the final over to wrap up an intriguing opening day.

England duo Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes were both in action, returning from knee and hand injuries respectively with varying success.

Stokes took three wickets for 70, including the vital scalps of both Patel and Taylor, but Broad was less influential as he was dismissed for a duck.

The hosts won the toss and elected to bat but made the worst possible start when Steven Mullaney was out on the first ball of the match, nicking Chris Rushworth (one for 56) into the gloves of keeper Phil Mustard.

Things went from bad to worse soon after as both Phil Jaques (11) and Michael Lumb (13) were caught off Usman Arshad (three for 71) to put the visitors firmly in the driving seat.

From there, however, the contest took an altogether different turn as Taylor and Patel arrived at the crease and skilfully steered Nottinghamshire back into the game.

Patel, whose 99 came in 141 balls and included 13 fours and one six, was dismissed just one run short of his century, however, as the right-hander was caught by Gareth Breese off Stokes.

Having negotiated 277 balls together, Taylor then fell exactly the same way 14 balls later with the score 232 for five.

With the momentum swinging back in Durham's favour, Riki Wessels (23) did well to steady the ship before being caught and bowled by Gavin Main (three for 72).

Main then sent Broad back to the pavilion too as he clean bowled the England all-rounder to leave the score 281 for seven.

Durham looked like they might finish Nottinghamshire off for under 300 but Peter Siddle's gutsy 31 and Ajmal Shahzad's seven frustrated the away side and added precious runs in the evening session.

Adams (19) then played a typically entertaining innings at the bottom of the order before being caught by Arshad in the final over of the day.