Leicestershire 251 Nottinghamshire 295-8
A rumbustious century partnership between James Pattinson and Stuart Broad swung the Specsavers county championship Between Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire back in the visitors’ favour.
Coming together after Notts had lost three quick wickets after lunch, reducing them to 167-7, still 84 behind Leicestershire on first innings, the two tall left-handers played contrasting innings in taking the attack back to the Foxes bowlers.
Pattinson middled the ball from the start, barely playing a false shot in going to his half-century off 63 balls, the highlight a huge straight six off the off-spin of Colin Ackermann.
Broad rarely found the middle of the bat, and was clearly discomfited by the pace of Zak Chappell, backing away and edging in the air on both sides of the wicket. Somehow none of the edges went to hand, however, and once Chappell was removed from the attack, the England international, who began his career with Leicestershire, settled down to give Pattinson stout support.
The pair had put on 122 before Broad, having reached his 50 off 62 balls, was finally leg before to a Mark Cosgrove in-swinger that stayed a touch low.
Leicestershire had looked to be on top an hour after lunch, when Ben Raine picked up the wickets of Riki Wessels, caught at third slip, and Chris Read, caught behind. Clint McKay trapped Samit Patel leg before to a full delivery which Patel tried to play off the back foot, but Pattinson, who picked up three wickets in Leicestershire’s first innings, demonstrated his all-round talent.