Ton-up Muchall impresses

Gordon Muchall posted a century for Durham on another weather-affected day of their LV= County Championship Division One match at Nottingham.

Day three's action saw Muchall enjoy a productive time as he moved from an overnight 24 to 158 not out, a knock that has come off 189 balls and featured 22 fours and a six.

But for a second successive day, play was limited by the conditions and the contest looks set for a draw, with Durham currently on 335 for four in their first innings, 42 runs behind their opponents.

Rain meant play did not start until 1.30pm and it came to an end early due to bad light.

In the 58 overs that were completed, England all-rounder Ben Stokes was another to produce some decent batting on his return from a wrist injury as he notched a half-century.

Meanwhile, Stokes' international colleague Stuart Broad, who is playing in his first match in nearly two months as he continues to manage patella tendonitis in his right knee, got further bowling time under his belt for Nottinghamshire. He is still yet to take any wickets in this encounter, though, and ended with none for 68.

Durham, resuming on 78 for two, lost their first wicket on 131 when Keaton Jennings (40) was caught low down behind by Chris Read off Andre Adams.

Stokes stepped in and his partnership with Muchall bore plenty of fruit as they put on a 133-run stand for the fourth wicket.

Stokes then departed on 61 as he was well caught on the boundary by Michael Lumb off Samit Patel.

At the close of play, Muchall's partner at the crease Paul Collingwood was on 36 not out.