Leicestershire 76-5 v Nottinghamshire 548-9 dec
Leicestershire face an uphill task after losing five wickets on the second afternoon of their Specsavers County Championship match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
Notts declared on 548 for nine, closing the innings as soon as Stuart Broad had reached his half century. Samit Patel’s marathon effort had ended on 247.
Dieter Klein was the most successful of the Foxes’ bowlers, claiming figures of six for 142.
When the visitors began their innings they lost wickets at regular intervals to reach tea on 76 for five.
After resuming on 473 for seven after lunch, the home side pressed the accelerator at the start of the middle session. Patel hit only his second maximum in the opening over but then picked out Klein at deep square leg from the off spin of Colin Ackermann.
Luke Fletcher was caught behind from his first ball, giving Klein his sixth victim. Stuart Broad, aware that a declaration was imminent, threw the bat to good effect and hit four fours and three sixes to reach his 50 and prompt the declaration.
James Pattinson bowled a rapid opening burst and whipped out both Dearden and Cosgrove to leave the innings in early disarray.
In between, Fletcher claimed the scalp of Ackermann, after replacing Broad in the attack.
Jake Ball got in the act by kissing the shoulder of Ned Eckersley’s bat and then removed the stubborn Paul Horton for 31, to emphasise the gulf between the two teams.