LV County Championship - Division One
Surrey 403 (U Afzaal 89, C J Jordan 57, M N W Spriegel 51, Saqlain Mushtaq 50, D J Pattinson 5-72) v Nottinghamshire 218 & 372-6 (S R Patel 134 no, G P Swann 68 no, A R Adams 58)
Nottinghamshire (7pts) drew with Surrey (11pts)
A century from Samit Patel helped LV County Championship leaders Nottinghamshire earn a draw and deny Surrey their first win of the season at Trent Bridge.
Patel came to the wicket with the home side still 56 behind following on but proceeded to give a nerveless display in making 134 not out - the first hundred by a specialist Notts batsman since September 2007.
The 23-year-old, who was recently named in England's preliminary squad for the Champions Trophy, hit 20 fours off 158 balls and shared an unbeaten partnership of 165 for the seventh wicket with Graeme Swann (68 no).
The result means that Notts hold on to top spot in Division One by a single point from Lancashire, while Surrey remain in the relegation zone.
With Notts resuming their second innings on 46-2, nightwatchman Andre Adams hit six fours and two successive sixes off Saqlain Mushtaq to reach 50 off just 47 balls.
Partner Matt Wood was caught behind off Chris Jordan soon after and, with new partner Adam Voges at the crease, Adams was then yorked by seamer Matthew Nicholson for 58.
Patel then arrived in the middle and Voges (35) soon perished following a loose drive to Jade Dernbach.
Pedro Collins then removed Chris Read's middle stump to leave Notts wobbling on 207-6, only 22 ahead with a session and a half still to play.
But Patel and Swann saw off the danger and played an increasingly wide range of shots in an entertaining final hour before the players shook hands after 76 overs of play.
Surrey have a real chance of notching a first win of the season after leaders Notts collapsed on the third day at Trent Bridge with a shocking batting display.
The Brown Caps eventually ended their first innings on 403, before Notts could muster just 218 in reply and ended the day struggling again on 46-2 in their follow-on and still 139 runs behind.
Surrey added 47 to their overnight total of 356 for seven before being dismissed, with Darren Pattinson finishing off a third five-wicket haul of the season.
Notts have not been the best with the bat all season at Trent Bridge with their best first innings total being 251 - and they never looked like matching that effort after a fine opening stand of 60 between Will Jefferson and Matthew Wood was broken.
Five Notts batsmen passed 30 but none got up to 50 despite looking set as poor shot selection saw one after another trudging back to the pavilion.
Saqlain Mushtaq took 3-39 and Matthew Nicholson 3-44 as Notts threw away their final five wickets for just 35 runs to collapse to 218 all out.
After being sent in to follow-on, Jefferson then went for a duck and Mark Wagh 19 as they closed on 46-2 and still 139 behind.
Surrey battled hard to reach 356-7 against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, but there was no 100th first-class century for Mark Ramprakash.
The former England man batted for three-and-a-half hours to make 42 before being dismissed by Darren Pattinson, who had taken both wickets to fall on the opening day when Surrey closed on 59-2.
It was the ninth consecutive innings in which Ramprakash has failed to hit three figures since scoring his 99th hundred.
Usman Afzaal hit 12 fours in a fluent 89 and Matthew Spriegel (51) and Chris Jordan (57 not out) both reached maiden first-class half-centuries.
Pattinson ended the day with 4-56 off 25 overs for the Division One leaders, who will be back in the field as Surrey bid to build a winning total on day three.
Darren Pattinson took the only two Surrey wickets to fall in just the 30 overs that were possible during the first day against Notts at Trent Bridge.
A thunderstorm cut short the play half an hour before lunch and only after 5pm were the teams able to return for just 25 minutes until bad light then ended play for the day.
Chris Read put Surrey into bat and the visitors lost both openers Stewart Walters and Scott Newman as Pattinson grabbed two more wickets in a productive season so far.
The fast bowler removed Walters for a duck when he could only edge a rising delivery to Graeme Swann at third slip.
Newman managed to get to 18 before he caught a thin edge through to wicketkeeper Read as the Brown Caps ended the day on 59-2.
Mark Ramprakash continues his pursuit of a 100th first-class century on 19 not out after safely negotiating a tricky day considering the conditions.
Jon Batty will also resume unbeaten on 19 on the second day as bottom-placed Surrey look for a positive start to their latest Division One encounter.