Mullaney responds to Surrey's pacemen
Nottinghamshire’s Steven Mullaney struck 68 after Surrey's pace bowlers had enjoyed the first two sessions on the opening day of the LV= County Championship Division One match at Trent Bridge.
Mullaney arrived at the crease with his side in some difficulty at 162 for five, but guided the lower order towards respectability and two batting bonus points before falling just before the close to Tim Linley, who ended with figures of 3-54.
Stuart Meaker weighed in with 4-70 and Jade Dernbach took the other two wickets to fall before Notts closed on 273 for nine.
James Taylor enjoyed a mixed day having woken to find he was skippering Notts for the first time in four-day cricket after Chris Read reported in with a sore neck.
Read's run of successive matches had stretched back to September 2006, a sequence of 98 consecutive championship games.
His new deputy lost the toss, had to advise his batsmen to pad up and then saw Alex Hales dismissed in the opening exchanges as Dernbach emphatically uprooted two of his stumps. Linley exerted early pressure from the other end, leaking only two runs from his first six overs.
Ed Cowan, with a reputation for providing dogged resistance, battled through all but the final seven minutes of the morning session in making just 15 from 82 deliveries.
Within sight of lunch, he became the first of Meaker's four victims, losing his off stump after being beaten for pace.
Michael Lumb made his way to 44 before falling to the same bowler, but a stand of 60 between Taylor and Samit Patel threatened to turn the tide back towards Notts - only for both to be ousted by Linley.
Patel hit six boundaries in 35 yet nicked to first slip and his partner, overlooked by England for the first Investec Test against New Zealand, was bowled via a thick inside edge.
With two centuries and a score of 97 already in his account this summer, it was the dismissal of Taylor that was understandably greeted with the biggest celebration by Surrey.
Meaker's pace then accounted for Riki Wessels and Paul Franks, but Mullaney and Ajmal Shahzad stalled the visitors' progress in adding 66 together.
Shahzad faced 84 balls for eight before falling to Dernbach and Surrey ended the day by also removing Mullaney, who had reached his fifty from 95 deliveries.