A fantastic all-round performance from Mark Wood has put Durham in command of their LV= County Championship clash with Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge after day three.
The 23-year-old scored his highest first-class score with the bat as clattered the Notts attack to all parts of the ground to reach 58* to help the visitors reach a first innings score of 471 all out.
Wood also lead the way with the ball taking three vital wickets leaving the home side in trouble at 145-5 at the end of the day still six runs behind Paul Collingwood’s side.
Durham began the day 23 runs behind Notts and were dealt an early blow as Phil Mustard edged a Stuart Broad delivery to Chris Read behind the stumps for 23.
However, Will Smith continued his fine effort from Tuesday as he guided the team past Notts’ first innings total of 320 and established a lead.
Smith then brought up his 150 off 382 deliveries as he guided Durham past the 350 mark, however, he soon fell to the bowling for 153 off Samit Patel as lofted the ball to Luke Fletcher at mid-on .
Gareth Breese continued the assault on the Notts’ bowling attack when he was joined by Wood in the middle. The duo played some excellent shots as they racked up the boundaries as they helped the game move along in Durham’s favour as they passed the 400.
Breese looked good to get a score of 50 plus but fell six runs short of his half-century when he was given out lbw to Broad for 44, leaving Durham 401-9.
However, Wood and Graham Onions turned up the heat on the Notts bowlers scoring at a rapid rate as they soon brought up a 100 run lead for Durham. They continued in this vain dispatching Steven Mullaney and Patel to the boundary on a regular basis to help move the team past 450.
Wood brought up his first half-century in first-class cricket in style as he cleared the boundary hitting Mullaney for a massive six.
The 23-year-old finished not out as Onions was the man to go as he tried one big shot too many and was caught by Patel off Mullaney’s bowling leaving Durham 471 all out and with a first innings lead of 151 runs.
Collingwood’s side got off to the perfect start when Chris Rushworth cleaned bowled Alex Hales for a duck in just the second over leaving Notts 1-1.
Hales’ England T20 opening partner Michael Lumb and Australian Test batsman Ed Cowan steadied the ship for Notts with some solid batting and some impressive strokeplay.
The duo moved the home side quickly past 50 and they looked set for the long haul before Cowan became the first of Wood’s victims as he edged behind to Mustard for 35.
One wicket quickly became two, as top scorer from the first innings, James Taylor departed for just one as Wood had him trapped lbw in front of his stumps for just one leaving the hosts struggling at 85-3.
It got worse for Notts, as Wood continued his excellent spell of bowling notching his third wicket when he bounced out Patel who could only edge the ball straight to Breese at slip.
Steven Mullaney and Lumb calmed the innings, with the left-hander taking the matter into his own hands as he moved past 50 while the all-rounder added useful runs at the other end in a partnership of 43.
Their stand was finally ended just before the close of play when Breese nipped a ball back in at Mullaney and it found the edge which fell straight to Collingwood at first slip to leave the hosts 136-5.
At the end of day three nightwatchman Fletcher and Lumb had moved Notts to six runs short of Durham’s lead with only five second innings left, leaving the visitors in command.