DURHAM’S bowlers would have appreciated another day’s rest, but after a full day in the field on Saturday they are in line for another one after Paul Collingwood lost the toss at Trent Bridge.

On a bright morning with a cold wind blowing there was little prospect of swing and Durham did well to take four wickets.

It could have been more but James Taylor reached 28 after playing and missing several times against some aggressive bowling from Ben Stokes and Mark Wood.

Nottinghamshire are 98 for four at lunch, with Australian left-hander Ed Cowan, who is in the Ashes squad, scoring 40 of the first 44 runs.

He clipped Graham Onions’ first ball of the match through square leg for four but was dropped off the fifth by Stokes at third slip.

He was moving to his right in front of Gareth Breese, who was brought in at the expense of Keaton Jennings to give Durham an extra spin option.

Breese was brought on after 11 overs while Onions kept going for eight at the other end. He swung one in to have a strokeless Alex Hales lbw and finally snared Cowan when a sliced drive was well held by Will Smith at gully.

Stokes took the other two wickets, pinning left-hander Michael Lumb lbw with a ball of yorker length before Samit Patel went for his shots and paid the price in the last over before the break. He slapped a long hop to Scott Borthwick at backward point.