Nottinghamshire will chase 211 for victory on the final day of their LV= County Championship Division One clash against Warwickshire at Trent Bridge.
A battling 65 from Darren Maddy helped Warwickshire reach 271 all out before being bowled out by the final ball of the day, while Laurie Evans also contributed 63.
Unlikely to feature in first-class cricket again, it was fitting that the 39-year-old Maddy came to the fore for Warwickshire, hitting eight boundaries in his 146-ball stay, while he arrived at the crease nursing a calf injury and had to use a runner, in Ian Westwood.
The opportunity for confusion deepened further when the eighth wicket fell and Peter McKay, who sustained ankle ligament damage on the first day, arrived with a runner of his own.
If the day provides some lasting memories for the former England international it also enabled another vastly experienced county professional to take his own place in the record books.
Chris Read's second catch of the day, to remove Keith Barker, from the bowling of Luke Fletcher, before tea, was the 746th of his Nottinghamshire career. No-one has ever taken more.
Fletcher brought Maddy's 458th first-class innings to end, trapping him lbw late in the day, on his way to career best figures of his own, five for 52, having taken four for 56 in the first innings.
Read had earlier clung on to a sharp offering from Ateeq Javid (24) to enable Notts to make their first breakthrough of the morning but his competence was in sharp contrast to some of his team-mates as four chances, of various degrees of difficulty, were spilled - three of them by Samit Patel.
Javid, Steffan Piolet, who made 30, and Maddy himself, were all put down by Patel, while McKay had a life when Alex Hales dropped another offering, late in the day.
Evans again impressed, scoring an attractive 63 before fending a sharply-rising delivery from Harry Gurney into the hands of James Taylor at short leg, Taylor having returned from international duty to replace Riki Wessels for the second half of the contest.
Patel's fortunes improved briefly at the end of the morning session when he bowled Chris Woakes with a delivery that found enough turn to knock back the off stump.
Both sides will be hoping the fairly gloomy weather forecast for the final day proves to be exaggerated with each believing a victory is possible.