Nottinghamshire v Surrey: Read & Voges lead hosts' fightback

Chris Read
County Championship Division One, Trent Bridge
Close, day one: Nottinghamshire 178-5 v Surrey
Notts 0pts, Surrey 1pt
Match scorecard

Chris Read and Adam Voges led a Nottinghamshire fightback against Surrey on a rain-affected opening day.

Notts were 35-0 in the sixth over but Riki Wessels, who had hit a run-a-ball 23, became the first of four wickets for the addition of only 24 runs.

There were wickets for Jon Lewis, Tim Linley and Chris Jordan and, when Sean Meaker (2-46) got rid of James Taylor (16), the hosts were 84-5.

But Read (49 not out) and Voges (38 not out) helped Notts to 178-5 at close.

Read passed 600 Championship runs in the process, while Voges passed 200 for the season in only four innings.

The pair put on an unbroken 94 between the showers, before a thunderstorm with torrential rain put pay to the day's play.

It could have been even better for the visitors, who have only one win all season in Championship cricket, but Voges was dropped by Matthew Spriegel at third slip off Meaker on five.

VIEW FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX

BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle:

"Like Morecambe and Wise - or even Ant and Dec - you know what you are going to get with Adam Voges and Chris Read.

"The likeable double act again came to Nottinghamshire's rescue, a week after adding 143 together against Middlesex at Uxbridge.

"Their unbroken stand of 94 showed what is possible if you can survive the early stages, but first-morning batting again looked a hazardous occupation at Trent Bridge, especially against a fired-up Surrey attack.

"It was a compelling day's cricket - again, sadly, ruined by the rain."

BBC London 94.9's Mark Church:

"Surrey's pace attack enjoyed a good opening session with the ball reducing Nottinghamshire to 84-5 before lunch.

The wickets were shared between Linley, Lewis, Meaker and Jordan and they had the home side in real trouble, but Chris Read and Adam Voges came together and played very well between the showers to steady the innings.

"Surrey know they have to break the partnership early on Thursday morning and give themselves a chance of finishing the Nottinghamshire innings as quickly as possible."

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