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Nottinghamshire will resume their second innings on 49 without loss against LV= County Championship winners Warwickshire, having wiped out their first-innings deficit on a rain-hit second day at Trent Bridge.

The visitors were bowled out for 204, Andy Carter finishing with 4-55 and Warwickshire all-rounders Rikki Clarke and Ian Blackwell both making 37.

Notts openers Neil Edwards and Sam Kelsall then put on 49 inside 13 overs before showers arrived shortly after lunch to prevent any further action.

The match has effectively becomes a single innings shoot-out, with Notts aiming for their first win since May to boost their chances of a second-placed finish in Division One.

Sam Kelsall

In his second Championship appearance, Sam Kelsall moved to 25 not out as Nottinghamshire cancelled out their first-innings deficit of 49

Warwickshire resumed their first innings on 139 for six, with Blackwell and Clarke looking to increase their 42-run partnership for the seventh wicket.

Yet Blackwell only added nine to his overnight score of 28 before he got a thick outside edge to a cut shot off Ben Phillips that was held at head height by Steven Mullaney at second slip.

Clarke offered no stroke to be bowled by Carter four overs later, and the lanky fast bowler softened up new batsman Chris Wright with a couple of venomous short deliveries.

That paved the way for Paul Franks to have the tailender caught behind driving outside off stump, before the same bowler wrapped up the innings by having Jeetan Patel caught at first slip.

While Edwards and Kelsall had been faced with batting in testing conditions at the start of the first day, the pitch seemed to offer less assistance to the Warwickshire seam attack second time around.

The pair proceeded without real alarm and both had hit three fours when rain ended play with Kelsall on 25 not out and Edwards unbeaten on 16.

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