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Centurion Lumb continues good form

Michael Lumb scored his third century of the summer as Nottinghamshire secured the upper hand by stumps on the third day of their LV= County Championship clash against Derbyshire at Trent Bridge.

Despite still trailing by 187 runs, the home side possess most of the aces should the visitors wish to negotiate a final day-run-chase.

Bottom of the table and without a win, Derbyshire may wish to try and tempt their hosts into making a game of things but their bowlers had a taste of how difficult it would be to take 10 Nottinghamshire wickets as they toiled away without success during a 121-run partnership between Lumb, who remained unbeaten on 115, and James Taylor, who scored 40.

Closing the day on 204 for three, Nottinghamshire may be equally happy to spend the remainder of the contest in pursuit of batting points unless Wayne Madsen, the Derbyshire skipper, can offer them an attractive target to chase.

Derbyshire's first innings eventually closed on 391 as the morning session became a tale of two halves, with Notts dominating the first hour, taking three wickets inside eighteen deliveries as Derbyshire slumped to 337 for nine.

Full marks then went to two Marks - Footitt and Turner - as they easily boosted the total to a fourth batting point and then set about in pursuit of a fifth.

Former Notts player Footitt surpassed his highest Trent Bridge score of 16 and had moved on to 24, his best since 2010, before lofting Samit Patel to long-off.

The confidence gained from his bright and breezy innings allowed the left-arm quick bowler to generate considerable pace at the start of Nottinghamshire's reply and a blow to the right hand caused Riki Wessels to retire hurt for nine.

Australia's Ed Cowan, looking to sign off from county duty with a big score, appeared in the mood as he stroked Tim Groenewald away for three consecutive boundaries.

The response was emphatic though, as a fuller delivery found the edge and Chesney Hughes took the slip catch to remove the Ashes-bound left-hander.

After a stoppage of more than two hours, Lumb took centre stage, powering his way to a century from just 120 balls faced, having hit 15 boundaries.

Taylor was more subdued, although broke free to launch Wes Durston over midwicket, for the only maximum of the day.

Chopping on to his stumps, the 23-year old became Groenewald's 200th first-class wicket and Footitt returned to nip out Patel before the close, but it will take all of Madsen's negotiating skills to try and persuade the visitors to declare overnight and allow a contrived finish to be set up.

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