George Rhodes, Tom Fell and Ryan Gibson hit half centuries as Worcestershire Seconds fought back after being asked to follow on in the Championship match with Nottinghamshire Seconds at Stourbridge.

The County, with a reshuffled first innings batting line-up because of unavailability and illness, were bowled out for 133 – a deficit of 212.

But they showed much more resistance second time around and closed on 268-6 – a lead of 56 heading into the final day.

Worcestershire had resumed on 33-7 and lost Josh Dell for 25 – a fifth victim of Luke Wood – after 20 had been added.

But Steve Magoffin (28) and a last wicket stand of 52 between George Rhodes (14 not out) and Tom Fell (32) lifted the final total.

Worcestershire were asked to bat again and quickly lost skipper Ollie Westbury (4).

But Rhodes, in his more accustomed opening role, and Fell, back at number three, joined forces again and this time featured in a partnership of 105 in 26 overs.

Rhodes was eventually dismissed for 55 off 111 balls with six fours and Fell followed on 60 from 89 deliveries with six boundaries.

But, after the departure of Dell (10), more resistance came from Will Wade and triallist Gibson in a fifth wicket stand of 116 in 36 overs.

The Seconds reached 255-4 but lost two wickets in the closing overs of the day with Wade run out for 39 and Ben Twohig ousted for nought.

It left Gibson unbeaten on 75 and looking to again take the fight to the Nottinghamshire bowlers on the final day.

DAY TWO

WORCESTERSHIRE SECONDS – FIRST INNINGS CONTINUED

(overnight 33-7)

Dell c Keast b Wood 25

Magoffin c Gibson b Wyatt 28

Rhodes not out 14

Fell b James 32

Extras 27

Total (all out) 133 in 41 overs

FOW CONTINUED: 53, 81, 133

BOWLING

Footitt 15-10-10-3

Wood 11-2-44-5

Leverock 8-2-28-0

Wyatt 3-0-19-1

Patterson-White 2-0-11-0

James 2-0-5-1

WORCESTERSHIRE SECONDS – SECOND INNINGS (following on)

Rhodes b James 55

Westbury c Keast b Footitt 4

Fell b James 60

Dell b James 10

Wade run out (Ashraf) 39

Gibson not out 75

Twohig c Gibson b Libby 0

Richardson not out 4

Extras 21

Total (for six wickets) 268 off 80 overs

FOW: 11, 116, 136, 139, 255, 258

BOWLING

Footitt 12-3-40-1

Wood 8-2-29-0

Leverock 9-0-36-0

Patterson-White 22-1-71-0

James 14-2-43-3

Gibson 2-0-13-0

Libby 9-2-19-1

Budinger 2-0-4-0