Essex 133 for 5 (Vijay 56, James 3-34) trail Nottinghamshire 177 (Porter 4-50) for 44 runs
M Vijay started at To work out his frustration over India's tour of England by fighting for half a century against Essex in its first season in the English county championship.
Vijay reached 50 from 89 balls in a bowling tournament at Trent Bridge, but then became the third victim for Lyndon James of Nottinghamshire, passing the ball to goalkeeper Moores.
Launched from the Indian tour game after playing in the first two games of the current series, Vijay helped Nick Browne add 56 for the first Essex wicket. Mullaney made the breakthrough, biting one back through the door to play Browne for 24.
Vijay was knocked down by Duckett when he was 43, but the unfortunate bowler, James, soon had reason to be cheerful . Tom Westley became his virginal scalp, with a decision of lbw and two balls later Fletcher made an impressive one-handed jump catch to eliminate Dan Lawrence. In the space of 11 balls, Essex had dropped from 93 for one to 102 for four, while Mullaney got a deserved second place, with Bopara trimming Patel in the second pass.
James, a 19-year-old former graduate of the academy in his first class debut, altered the complexion of the opening day.
Worksop-born SUV recovered from the disappointment of only making a single in his first inning by trapping three terrains by 34 during his opening spell, to abandon the contest in a couple keel.
Essex closed at 133-5, with another debutant, Murali Vijay from India, making 56.
Previously, Notts had been thrown by only 177 at 58.1 overs, after winning the draw and opting for bat first. Ben Slater scored for the home team with 33 but all three of Essex's first-line sealers dominated and shared all the grounds to go down. Jamie Porter finished with four for 50, Matt Quinn took three for 37 and Matt Coles closed with three for 62.
Things could have been even healthier for the starters, who had reduced Notts to 104 for eight in the middle -In the afternoon, before the lower order looted another 73.
Notts had participated in the contest in third place in the Division One standings, seven points above his opponents but playing more.
Porter pinned Kraigg Brathwaite lbw for nothing in the second ball of the game.
The same bowler hit again on the ninth lap, throwing a full body shot to cut off the top of Jake Libby's stump.
Slater and Ben Duckett added 50 for the third wicket, reaching the milestone in unusual circumstances with 11 races from only two installments. A final of Simon Harmer ended with a five as Ravi Bopara timid went by four overthrows. Then Coles started a new round without a ball that was cut through the slip cord by Duckett for four.
Coles demanded revenge later in the same round, having Duckett trapped behind 21.
Slater was knocked down by the entire Wicket by Coles and Steven Mullaney nibbled at Quinn and got caught when Notts went to lunch at 82 for five,
The hosts were shaken just after the interval when Quinn picked up the grounds of Tom Moores and Samit Patel.
Moores moved through his fold and was given lbw and then Patel embedded himself in the hands of Simon Harmer on the second slip. James defeated Coles, the only ground in the innings to fall from the end of the pavilion.
Luke Wood started the Nottinghamshire fight by looting 27 of 30 balls before being knocked down by Porter.
Last pair of wicket Luke Fletcher and Mark Footitt thwarted Essex by 16 overs by scoring 45 games together, with two huge hits, before Porter finished his fun.