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Notts begin steadily at Lord's

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A decent batting performance saw Nottinghamshire finish on 315 for eight after the first day against Middlesex at Lord’s.

Six Nottinghamshire players posted 20 or higher, with James Taylor top-scoring on 62 before being trapped lbw by James Harris, who took 4-80.

Taylor hit 13 fours from his 84 balls and, having settled at the crease, he will have been disappointed not to have made a bigger score.

The visitors elected to bat and made a steady start. Steven Mullaney struck 52 at the top of the order before being caught by Dawid Malan off Steven Finn, who ended the day with 4-87.

Just rejoined @Middlesex_CCC @HomeOfCricket after 33 years or thereabouts. This is the view today. #Perfect — David Freedman (@freedmanhp4) April 13, 2014

It has been an impressive start to the county season for England paceman Finn, who took six wickets in an innings against Sussex last week.

Phil Jaques and Michael Lumb were dismissed for 14 and 17 respectively, before Taylor made his presence felt in the middle order.

Samit Patel came and went for a duck but there was also some invaluable runs further down the order, as Riki Wessels made 58 while both Chris Read and Peter Siddle hit 40, the latter from just 35 balls on his county debut.

At stumps Luke Fletcher was still at the crease having contributed a useful 20 while Andy Carter ended the day unbeaten on two.

Harris and Finn were undoubtedly the pick of the Middlesex attack, with Harris returning seven maidens in his 21 overs to go with his four scalps.

Notts are aiming to make it two wins from two after beating Lancashire in their first fixture, while Middlesex are looking to bounce back after defeat to Sussex.