Alex Davies, Keaton Jennings secure Trent Bridge draw
The pair batted resolutely throughout the afternoon after Lancashire were made to follow-on
Alex Davies and Keaton Jennings batted for the final session-and-a-half to secure a draw in the Bob Willis Trophy match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
Lancashire were 120 without loss with Keaton Jennings on 37 not out and Alex Davies unbeaten on 69 when elbow bumps signalled the end of the game shortly before 5 o'clock.
Nottinghamshire took 16 points from the game to Lancashire's nine and both sides will almost certainly now need to win their last two games to stand any chance of qualifying for the final at Lord’s on 23 September.
The untroubled ease with which Lancashire’s batsmen secured the draw on a blameless pitch made something of a contrast to their first innings, which ended 90 minutes into the first session with Dane Vilas’s side forced to follow on 299 runs behind after being bowled out for 173.
In the morning it had taken Nottinghamshire nearly an hour to take their first wicket of the day when Steven Croft, having reached his fifty off 103 balls, could only fend Tom Barber’s excellent bouncer to substitute fielder, Liam Patterson-White, in the gully.
Croft’s departure for 59 brought Luke Wood to the wicket, along with the Lancashire skipper, Vilas, who was running for Wood after he picked up an injury earlier in the game.
However, Vilas was only in the middle for 25 minutes before Wood skied a low full toss from Barber to Ben Slater at short leg and departed for six. Tom Bailey hit his first ball for four but was caught at second slip by Ben Duckett when slashing at his second.
In the next over Liam Hurt was caught by Tom Moores off Peter Trego for a single and Lancashire had lost their last three wickets for five runs in eight balls. Tom Hartley, who is playing in his second first-class match, was left unbeaten on 13. The 22-year-old had batted longer and faced more balls than anyone else in the innings except Croft.
Davies and Jennings then made hay second time around and barely looked in any sort of trouble, Davies reaching a second half-century of the Bob Willis Trophy.