Taylor and Wessels partnership gives Nottinghamshire outside chance of victory

A century partnership between James Taylor and Riki Wessels not only held up Worcestershire’s progress at Trent Bridge, but has given Nottinghamshire an outside chance of winning an LV= County Championship match for only the second time this season.

Resuming on their overnight total of 115 for 3 – a lead of 72 – Notts pushed on steadily throughout the morning session with Wessels passing 50 off 95 balls.

However, with Worcestershire toiling in the heat, the South African then skied a catch to deep point where Joe Clarke took a brilliant, tumbling catch.

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Taylor, batting with a runner having suffered a hamstring injury on Tuesday evening, continued to frustrate the visitors. He was far from fluent on a wicket that was getting better by the hour, but eventually reached his half century off 133 balls.

Then, with lunch beckoning, his runner, Alex Hales, was short of making his ground, when attempting to complete a third run, and was duly run out by Clarke. At lunch Notts were 210 for 5, a lead of 167