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Read and Voges lead Notts riposte

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Nottinghamshire captain Chris Read and overseas batsman Adam Voges led the fightback against Surrey on a rain-affected first day of their LV= County Championship Division One clash at Trent Bridge.

Read was unbeaten on 49 and Voges 38 following an unbroken 94-run stand in between heavy rain showers.

That inclement weather meant only 42 overs were possible in a day that saw the hosts recover from 84 for five to a more secure 178 without further loss.

Adam Voges

Adam Voges, pictured, ably supported Notts skipper Chris Read in an outstanding fightback against Surrey in the LV= County Championship

Surrey initially made good use of winning the toss as Stuart Meaker, who claimed 2-46, struck twice and fellow seamers Chris Jordan, Jon Lewis and Tim Linley once apiece on a pitch offering slightly variable bounce.

But the stylish Read - who passed 600 championship runs for the season and is closing on his sixth four-day fifty - averted any chance of a collapse in unison with obdurate Australian Voges to leave honours even when play was abandoned for the day at 5:15pm.

Notts made an excellent start in an uninterrupted morning session, but, after Riki Wessels rattled along at a run a ball, he was first out for 23, nicking a Linley away swinger to Jordan at first slip, having struck five boundaries.

Opening partner Alex Hales was next to go when he was unluckily bowled by Lewis as his back-foot defensive shot trickled back on to the stumps.

Michael Lumb got off the mark with an imperious leg-side boundary, but the left-hander found the going tougher thereafter and was pinned lbw by a Jordan nip-backer.

England international Samit Patel was strangled down the leg side to give Meaker the first of two wickets.

Voges and James Taylor came together to initially thwart Surrey - though the former needed a let-off when he was dropped on five by Matthew Spriegel at third slip off Meaker.

The Surrey paceman gained some solace when his lifter was edged through to wicketkeeper Steven Davies by Taylor, but it proved to be the visitors’ last success of the day.

Read hit the ground running and struck eight boundaries in his 63-ball knock while Voges found the rope five times in his 70-ball stay.

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