LV= County Championship: Nottinghamshire close on 327-8 against Somerset
Nottinghamshire reached 327-8 on the opening day of the LV=County Championship match against Somerset.
Last Updated: 03/08/13 5:24pm
Somerset's seamers bowled without much luck and a couple of catches went down, but the home side could still feel satisfied with their efforts as a short boundary on the town side of the pitch offered the opportunity for faster scoring.
Mullaney and Alex Hales gave Notts a solid start and the score had reached 31 in the ninth over when Hales offered a low chance to Craig Kieswetter off Peter Trego, which the wicketkeeper accepted diving full length to his right.
It was 65-2 when Michael Lumb fell to an equally good catch by Marcus Trescothick, one handed to his left, off Craig Meschede and departed for 16.
An absorbing morning ended with the visitors 93-2 at lunch, and soon after the interval Mullaney reached a chanceless half-century off 107 balls with 9 fours.
He and James Taylor looked to be putting Notts in a strong position, but with the score on 130, Taylor, on 19, got a touch to a leg-side delivery from Jamie Overton and Kieswetter took his second catch.
Somerset kept plugging away and Mullaney fell seven runs later, caught behind fencing at a ball from the fiery Overton. The opener had batted for more than three hours and added two sixes his boundary count.
George Dockrell claimed his first wicket with the total on 165 as Samit Patel edged a turning delivery and was taken by Trescothick at slip.
It was 186-5 at tea, with Hussey looking a threat on 32. In the evening session Chris Read was dropped on seven by Meschede at fine-leg, pulling a ball from Steve Kirby, who was unlucky to go without a wicket.
Hussey moved to fifty off 73 balls, with nine fours and a six, as the pair added 64 in 16 overs before Read carelessly drove Dockrell in the air to cover where Nick Compton took a sharp catch above his head.
Hussey offered a return catch to Dockrell and Andre Adams gave away his wicket by lofting Trego to long-on in the first full over with the second new ball as Notts were reduced to 270 for eight.
Luke Fletcher (30 not out) and Ajmal Shahzad (35 not out) then produced a spirited stand of 57 that took some of the gloss off Somerset's day. Meschede surprisingly took the new ball with Trego and neither posed much of a threat.