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Maddy helps set Notts tricky target

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 losing their 10th wicket to the final ball of the day.

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 having arrived at the crease nursing a calf injury that forced him to use Ian Westwood as a runner.

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 off Luke Fletcher before tea, was the 746th of his Nottinghamshire career. No-one has taken more.

Fletcher brought Maddy's 458th first-class innings to end on his way to career best figures of 5-52, having taken 4-56 in the first innings.

Read had earlier clung on to a sharp offering from Ateeq Javid to enable Notts to make their first breakthrough of the morning but his team-mates failed to follow his lead as four chances, of various degrees of difficulty, were spilled.

Javid, Steffan Piolet and Maddy himself were all put down by Samit Patel, while McKay had a life when Alex Hales dropped another offering late in the day.

Laurie Evans again impressed, scoring an attractive 63 before fending a sharply-rising delivery from Harry Gurney to short-leg where James Taylor - having returned from international duty to replace Riki Wessels for the second half of the contest - comfortably held on.

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.

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