Bailey, Balderson strike but Notts on top after Day One
A largely luckless day for Lancashire's bowling attack saw the hosts go to 268/2 at stumps on the first day at Trent Bridge
Centuries by Ben Slater and Ben Duckett ensured that Nottinghamshire dominated the first day of the Bob Willis Trophy match against Lancashire at Trent Bridge.
Tom Bailey and George Balderson were the wicket takers for the Red Rose, who will feel their efforts would have been better rewarded on another day as they had catches fall short at slip and balls whistle past the outside edge.
By the time bad light ended play 18.4 overs early, the home side were 268 for two with Slater 111 not out and Joe Clarke unbeaten on four.
Slater, who made 172 against the Emirates Old Trafford side when on recent loan at Leicestershire, reached his second century in five innings off 194 balls, 14 of which he had hit to the boundary.
But the opener was nothing like as fluent during the afternoon – he had reached his fifty off 63 deliveries before lunch – and it was left to Duckett to push the score along with his typical sweeps and cuts during a second session when Lancashire’s bowlers went wicketless.
The former Northamptonshire batsman reached his fifty off 69 balls with seven fours, although he was nearly caught when edging Tom Bailey to the right of Keaton Jennings at second slip. However, four balls after Slater reached three figures, Duckett achieved the same landmark off 139 balls with 16 fours when he clipped Bailey to the fence at square leg.
Four overs later Duckett was leg before wicket for 116 (156 balls, 17 fours) when playing across the line to Bailey but these first two and a bit sessions will have been very welcome to Steven Mullaney’s team.
The only batsmen to be dismissed in the morning session was the former Lancashire opener, Haseeb Hameed, who put on 78 in nearly 90 minutes with Slater and had made 22 when he was leg before wicket to George Balderson when trying to work a good length ball to leg.
That success apart, Lancashire’s pace bowlers failed to make the most of the conditions, with Luke Wood so far wicketless on his return to the county he left last autumn as he enjoyed a good duel with Slater.
Bailey finished the day with figures of 1/55 and Balderson took 1/50 but the other four members of Vilas’ attack could not make a breakthrough on a day when the bat’s domination of the ball was very clear.
Lancashire made one change for this game, the left-arm spinner, Tom Hartley, replacing Richard Gleeson, who has a stiff back. In addition to the inclusion of Slater at the expense of Chris Nash, Nottinghamshire picked Tom Barber to replace the injured Jake Ball.