Tenacious Smith gives Durham command
Will Smith defied Nottinghamshire's bowlers to remain undefeated on 119 as Durham reached 297 for six on the second day of their LV= County Championship Division One match at Trent Bridge.
Smith, promoted to open after Keaton Jennings had been left out of the side, scored his first century in 25 first-class innings on the ground.
Despite having begun his career in Nottingham, the 30-year old had often struggled in previous visits and even lost the Durham captaincy after a heavy defeat at Trent Bridge in 2010.
Taking his lead from the way James Taylor batted on the opening day, Smith defended resolutely, adding only 40 during the morning session and a further 30 between lunch and tea.
His century eventually arrived during his 12th consecutive hour on the field from 270 deliveries.
Chris Rushworth and Scott Borthwick had fallen early in the day, both to catches by wicketkeeper Chris Read.
Rushworth, the nightwatchman, had stroked Ajmal Shahzad for a couple of boundaries in the opening over before nicking the same bowler, while Borthwick - batting up the order - followed suit off Luke Fletcher.
Dale Benkenstein began his innings in a hurry, hitting five fours and lofting Graeme Swann for six over long-on before Steven Mullaney hurried one through his defences and earned an lbw verdict just before lunch.
Stuart Broad dispelled concerns over a first-day niggle by getting through 18 lively overs, which accounted for the wickets of Ben Stokes and Paul Collingwood.
Stokes was squared up by a sharply lifting delivery and offered the England man a simple caught and bowled off a leading edge.
At 148 for five, Durham were facing the prospect of a huge first-innings deficit - yet turned the match situation around thanks to a stand of 115 between Smith and captain Collingwood.
The visiting skipper batted positively to reach his own fifty but then became embroiled in a fiercely intense duel with Broad.
The England paceman gave his all to try and conjure a breakthrough with the second new ball and finally got his man as Collingwood edged to Read for 64.
On a surface that offered him little assistance, Swann bowled 20 tidy-but-wicketless overs on his return to competitive action from an elbow injury.