Dawid Malan, the former Paarl Boys and Boland batsman, hammered his highest first-class score, an unbeaten 182, for Middlesex after a season of turmoil in the English County Championship.
He made his mark emphatically, as only he, No 9 batsman James Harris and Mr Extras (28) bothered to pitch up. His score came off 270 balls, with 27 fours.
It has been a stop-start season for Malan, who had a poor time in 2013 but recovered his form impressively last season. He suffered a broken hand in the opening Championship match, also against Nottinghamshire, and has missed further cricket with a groin injury. This is only his third first-class match.
Middlesex ended on a respectable 374, to which Nottinghamshire replied with 180-4. Of those , 77 came from former Zimbabwe captain Brendon Taylor.
Colin Ingram stepped up to hold Glamorgan together on a miserably wet day against Derbyshire at Chesterfield. He was unbeaten on 73 when stumps were drawn after just 32 overs had been bowled.
He pulled Glamorgan up from 2-10, after Jacques Rudolph went for 0. First he steadied the innings with William Bragg (37), and then put his foot down to add 94 with Craig Meschede in 13 overs: a run rate of 7.13. Meschede was on 34 off 34 balls. Someone forgot to tell them this is a first-class game.
On another grey day in Manchester, Lancashire struggled to 96-4 off 26 overs. Alviro Petersen held out for 37 balls for his 14 and Ashwell Prince added 21 off 29.
The unstoppable Province bowler Alfonso Thomas, at 38, took 4-46 to help dismiss Sussex for 208 at Taunton. Somerset replied with 176-4, but Johann Myburgh was not able to contribute much, lbw for nine.
Compiled by Mark Salter