Marcus Trescothick produced a batting masterclass for all to enjoy under the blazing hot Trent Bridge sun.
Trescothick, belying all of his 40 years, has been on the field for every ball during the first three days of this Specsavers County Championship match.
Beginning the day with an unbeaten 117 to his name, the first time he had reached three figures in Nottingham, Trescothick went on and on and on before being last out for 218.
The left-hander batted for a total of 491 minutes and faced 355 balls, hitting 32 balls and a six, to help his side to 437 all out, a first innings lead of 36.
Not one chance – or even a semblence of one – was offered until he pushed firmly at Tahir and picked out Brendan Taylor at extra cover.
By that stage he’d not only converted the seventh double hundred of his career but he had also passed 1,000 first class runs for the season.
Tahir, a mere 38 year old, celebrated enthusiastically at getting rid of the former England international, just as he had at taking all of his other wickets on his way to figures of seven for 112.
Without Tahir’s effort the home side may have found themselves well adrift in the overall match situation but he struck early to remove nightwatchman Leach and then removed the lower order, either side of tea.
The only substantial partnership of the day, 102 for the fifth wicket, was eventually halted by Samit Patel, who bowled Jim Allenby for 63.
When Notts batted for a second time they lost two cheap wickets before they had wiped out the deficit.
Craig Overton claimed his fifth wicket of the match as Steven Mullaney was pinned deep in his crease for 11 and then Allenby fired one through Michael Lumb’s gate to flatten his middle stump for nought.
Jake Libby, who made 90 on the first day, was unbeaten on 24 and Taylor was on 22 not out as Nottinghamshire reached stumps on 58 for two, a slender advantage of just 22.
After the close of day three Matt Maynard said: “Marcus Trescothick played a brilliant innings full of composure and he made the wicket look a lot easier than it has played. It’s a pitch where its hard to get in and of course they have Tahir in the side who as well as the rest of the team bowled very well today.
Marcus is just a credit to the game and has still got such a huge appetite and keeps on delivering. To be there to watch him bat again today was just brilliant and I feel very privileged and you just hope that the other guys in the dressing room look at what he has done and learn from it.
“He made it look incredibly easy today when it wasn’t, but as we know Tres loves getting into the fight and loves a good scrap. Jim Allenby does too and that motivated him as well and their partnership together gave us a little bit of a lead and was vital.
“Then when they batted for a second time we asked a lot of questions and got them two down by the close.”
Looking ahead Matt said: “All four outcomes are still possible in this game so a lot will depend on the first hour in the morning and how Leachy can get into the game.
Matt added: “As long as we keep on with the fight that we have shown over the last three days, win lose or draw I will be a very proud coach.”