Rain and a maiden half-century from Mitch Claydon held up Nottinghamshire (19 points) but they eventually beat Durham (3pts) by 114 runs.
A shower forced the players off the field after just two overs with the visitors needing only one wicket to wrap up the win.
But that didn't stop number 11 Claydon having some fun, taking 10 off Andy
Carter's opening over and the visitors persisted with the 6ft 6in seamer, even though the Australian kept clattering him to the boundary.
Andre Adams was also unable to grab the scalp he wanted to complete a five-wicket haul and eventually made way for the left-arm spin of Samit Patel.
There were eight fours in Claydon's 53-ball half-century, but after 50 runs had been added he was caught at long-on by Luke Fletcher off Patel for 55.
Durham were all out for 253 with Graham Onions unbeaten on 28 in a last-wicket stand of 73.
Only a defiant last-wicket stand between Graham Onions and Mitchell Claydon denied Nottinghamshire a three-day victory over Durham at Chester-le-Street.
The tail-enders stood firm in fading light through the extra half-hour to make sure the two teams would have to return on Sunday. Durham closed on 203-9, still 164 runs shy of victory.
Andre Adams claimed four wickets, including the key scalp of home skipper Phil Mustard for 80, to put Nottinghamshire in complete command.
The New Zealander produced a devastating burst to leave Durham reeling on 30-5, Will Smith, Mark Stoneman and Ben Stokes all falling to the seamer.
The visitors had moved into a strong position thanks to Michael Lumb's first century for his new county, the left-hander moving on his overnight score of 104 to 131 before he finally perished.
He put on 72 with captain Chris Read (29) before Adams had some fun at the finish, blasting 22 from 11 balls. However, his biggest impact was to come soon after with the ball, leaving Durham staring at a heavy defeat.
Michael Lumb's first century for Nottinghamshire built on the earlier good work of their bowlers on day two against Durham at Chester-le-Street.
Number three Lumb, who joined from Hampshire in the winter, hit 15 fours in his 104 not out as the visitors closed on 231-4 in their second innings, a lead of 263.
He added 85 with opener Alex Hales for the second wicket and 99 alongside James Taylor (37) for the fourth.
Durham had earlier collapsed from 55-3 to 129 all out, Notts' Ben Phillips leading the way with 4-33.
Phillips received good support from fellow seamers Andre Adams (3-42) and Andy Carter (3-27), while Durham number four Ben Stokes' 33 was the top score of an innings lasting 43.4 overs in total.
Durham fast bowler Graham Onions claimed 4-42 as Nottinghamshire were bowled out for 161 on day one of the County Championship fixture at Chester-le-Street.
Asked to bat in seamer-friendly conditions, Nottinghamshire slipped to 38-4 before James Taylor (32) and Chris Read (28) steadied the ship with a 66-run stand for the fifth wicket.
But Taylor's dismissal, caught by Callum Thorp to give Ben Stokes' his second wicket, was the start of a collapse from 104-4 as Onions ran through the tail in quick time.
Onions was well supported by fellow seamers Mitchell Claydon (3-33), Stokes (2-42) and Thorp (1-24).
Nottinghamshire hit back in the final session, reducing Durham to 55-3 in reply by stumps.
Ben Phillips (1-14) removed Michael Di Venuto (11) in the eighth over and Andre Adams (2-8) followed up with the scalps of Will Smith (11) and Mark Stoneman (7).