Lancashire lose by six wickets after being skittled for 73
Nottinghamshire inflicted Lancashire’s first Championship defeat at Emirates Old Trafford in 11 matches after a bizarre morning which saw 12 wickets fall in 15 overs over 90 minutes to find the teams shaking hands as early as 12.30pm.
Lancashire resumed their second innings on 58-2, just 6 runs behind but the collapse that followed was astonishing as Nottinghamshire pair Harry Gurney and Jake Ball ran through the remaining batting, taking a combined 8-15 in 62 balls as the ball nipped around, to skittle the Red Rose for 73 and leave a victory target of just 10 runs.
Amazingly Notts lost four wickets in scoring the required runs with Joe Mennie taking 3-4, to end up with six wickets in the match, before the visitors could finally claim a six-wicket victory.
The clatter of wickets started with the third ball of the morning when Keaton Jennings was lbw to Gurney for 27. That was followed by Ross Taylor taking a brilliant diving catch at slip to dismiss Shivnarine Chanderpaul for a duck to give Gurney a second wicket before there was a short stoppage for rain with Lancashire on 62-4.
Liam Livingstone drove Jake Ball for four though cover to take Lancashire ahead by 2 runs when play resumed but then edged his next delivery to wicketkeeper Moores after making 12.
Ball next produced the delivery of the day to knock back Steven Croft's off stump with the ball pitching on middle and leg before seaming past the batsman’s defensive push. And there was another outstanding piece of fielding to admire when Chris Nash took a diving catch to his right at gully off Ball, Jordan Clark the third man to be out with the score on 66.
The final three wickets of the innings followed swiftly; Tom Bailey caught behind off Gurney, Dane Vilas edging Ball to Wessels at slip and Mennie giving Tom Moores his fifth catch of the innings and Gurney his sixth wicket as Lancashire were all out for 73, their lowest score since being 63 all out against Worcestershire at Emirates Old Trafford in 2012.
Needing to score ten runs to win, Notts lost Steven Mullaney for 1 after the skipper pulled Mennie 's first ball to Graham Onions at fine leg, Haseeb Hameed took a great diving catch running back from slip to take a 'steepler' to dismiss Chris Nash off the bowling of Mennie before Jake Libby edged the bowler’s next delivery to Livingstone at second slip.
With the scores level Ross Taylor edged Onions to Livingstone before Riki Wessels ended proceedings with a single.
Lancashire take 3 points from the match and Notts 20.
A disappointed Liam Livingstone reflected on how the game unfolded this morning.
“It has been a funny game,” he admitted. “At times the pitch has looked unplayable and at times it has looked pretty good.
“As a team, when you lose two wickets you have to graft and do what you can to make sure you don't lose three, four or five wickets. We didn't do that this morning.
“The score is 25 runs v 12 wickets this morning on a pitch that has quickened and the ball has nipped around, which has made it difficult. We have bowled a really good line and length this morning and it showed we have the fight we need, because we didn't roll over in their second innings. I wanted to see that fight.
“We have just been out-played in the time we have played. The Notts bowlers have bowled really well and credit to them.
“It would have been a horrible run chase if they had needed 70 or so and it would have made it a difficult run chase for them.
“The talk in the dressing room when we lost quick wickets, was to just get 70 or 80 ahead, because then you never know what will happen.
“They have bowled a bit better than us. Joe (Mennie) and Graham (Onions) have bowled well and Tom (Bailey) in the first, but if we had bowled a bit fuller with the new ball in the first innings – because they played and missed at a lot of balls – and they nick one of those, who knows?
“But it is only one game, we will dust ourselves down and go again next week.
“We can take some confidence from having them at 10-4 going to Chelmsford on Friday.”
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