Patel century puts Notts ahead
Samit Patel's third LV= County Championship century of the season helped Nottinghamshire forge a slender first-innings lead on day two of their Division One fixture with Warwickshire at Trent Bridge.
Patel's vital 117 helped Notts recover from 14-3 and post 359 in reply to Warwickshire's 298 all out.
And the day got even better for the hosts when, with Warwickshire looking to wipe out their first-innings deficit, pace duo Luke Fletcher and Andre Adams claimed a wicket apiece to leave the Bears tottering on 27-2 at stumps.
Patel, who had survived a hat-trick delivery when arriving at the crease on the first evening, drove fluently to post his 18th first-class hundred before falling for 117, from 171 deliveries, with 18 fours.
The all-rounder, overlooked by England in all three formats this summer, passed 1,000 first-class runs for the campaign before being dismissed by Darren Maddy, edging to slip, via a huge deflection from the wicketkeeper's gloves.
With Peter McKay absent through ankle ligament damage, sustained whilst batting, the Bears summoned Jamie Atkinson to deputise behind the stumps. The 23-year old Hong Kong international kept tidily and claimed an important catch just before lunch as he clung onto a sharp nick by David Hussey from the bowling of Chris Woakes.
The Australian made 28, as did Steven Mullaney, who lofted a sharply rising delivery straight to third man, to give Steffan Piolet only his second championship wicket, in his first match for three years.
Riki Wessels, who shared a stand of 101 for the sixth wicket with Patel, passed fifty for the first time this season on his way to making 77. Due to be replaced by James Taylor for the second half of the match, Wessels made the most of his limited appearance time and seemed well set for three figures himself until run out by a direct hit from Woakes at cover.
That dismissal signalled the onslaught of a typically cavalier and brutal innings of 46 from Adams, hitting two sixes and six fours in his 26-ball stay, as the second new ball was taken for 29 from its first two overs.
Chris Read's batting woes continued. The Nottinghamshire skipper, with just one half-century this term, faced 26 deliveries without scoring, before steering Maurice Chambers into the hands of point.
Chambers was the pick of the visitors' attack, finishing with 4-79, after picking up the scalp of Ajmal Shahzad, who was last man out, also for 28.
In the closing 14 overs Ian Westwood had his off stump knocked flat byFletcher and Adams' fine day continued as he picked up his 300th wicket for Nottinghamshire after Varun Chopra was given out lbw, not playing a shot at the former New Zealand international's first delivery.