Nottinghamshire v Surrey: Mullaney leads hosts' fightback
|County Championship Division One, Trent Bridge|
|Close, day one: Nottinghamshire 273-9 v Surrey|
|Notts 2pts, Surrey 3pts|
Steven Mullaney's half century helped Nottinghamshire out of trouble on day one against Surrey at Trent Bridge.
After losing openers Alex Hales and Ed Cowan, Michael Lumb (44), James Taylor (47) and Samit Patel (35) put Notts into a strong position on 143-3.
Led by Stuart Meaker (4-70), Tim Linley (3-54) and Jade Dernbach (2-75), Surrey then reduced the hosts to 181-7.
Mullaney (68) and Ajmal Shahzad, who scored eight in 97 minutes at the crease, helped Notts close on 273-9.
The home side, who made a slow start in the morning session, had captain Chris Read ruled out with a neck injury, missing his first Championship match since September 2006.
Hales lost his middle and leg stumps to a fuller ball from Dernbach in the third over of the day, while Australian Ed Cowan was caught on his crease and bowled by Meaker for 15.
Lumb mistimed to Linley at mid-off before Taylor - Nottinghamshire's leading run-scorer in the Championship this season - and Patel set about rebuilding the innings and put on 60 for the fourth wicket in 14 overs.
Both Patel and Taylor, who captained Notts for the first time in four-day cricket, fell to Linley, while Meaker got rid of Wessels and Paul Franks cheaply.
Shahzad and Mullaney dug in and built a 66-run partnership for the eighth wicket, before the latter's 84-ball stay came to an end when he was caught behind by Steven Davies off Dernbach.
Mullaney soon followed but Luke Fletcher and Harry Gurney saw Notts to the close.
VIEWS FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX
BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle:
"A compelling day of cricket brought a terrific fightback by the home side after they'd been put under the cosh by a very disciplined and pacy Surrey attack.
"Steven Mullaney again showed his worth with the bat, making useful runs - as well as shepherding the lower order towards a respectable total.
"One must feel for Chris Read, who is absent with a stiff neck. This match would have been his 99th consecutive County Championship appearance."
BBC London 94.9's Mark Church:
"Surrey's bowlers had a productive day at Trent Bridge but, thanks to Steven Mullaney, Nottinghamshire fought back in the final session.
"Tim Linley was the pick of the bowlers and he was closely followed by Stuart Meaker.
"Mullaney played very well and was supported by Ajmal Shahzad, who showed great restraint.
"Surrey may be left with the feeling that that it could have been an even better opening day, but it was still a good one for their bowlers."