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Live Blog: Nottinghamshire v Lancashire, Day 4

Live Blog: Nottinghamshire v Lancashire, Day 4

Live Blog: Nottinghamshire v Lancashire, Day 4

Welcome to Day Four of Lancashire's latest LV=County Championship clash against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

5.20pm, 123.1 overs

Lancashire 2nd innings 341 all out, Lamb 68*
Notts win with 11.5 overs to spare after Saqib Mahmood is caught bat/pad for 5 off Brett Hotton.

Danny Lamb was 68 not out and that was a fantastic effort by Lamb this afternoon.

Lancashire take 3 points from the match and trail new Division One leaders Notts by 17.5 points with two games to play.

4.55pm, 118.2 overs (16.4 overs remain)
Lancashire 2nd innings 318-9, Lamb 52* Mahmood 0*
Danny Lamb and Tom Bailey have both reached outstanding half centuries but their record 107 partnership has ended as Bailey is bowled by Paterson for 52.

Saqib Mahmood is batting with a runner.

4.30pm, 115.0 overs (20 overs remain)
Lancashire 2nd innings 293-8, Lamb 47* Bailey 34*
You can feel the tension rising on and off the field as this partnership between Lamb and Bailey continues. 20 overs is still a long way to go, but this has been brilliant by these two.

4.10pm, 111.0 overs (24 overs remain)
Lancashire 2nd innings 276-8, Lamb 35* Bailey 29*
Tom Bailey has just driven Luke Fletcher through the covers for four as this pair continue to resist the Notts attack in a partnership worth 66.

But we are not counting the runs, just the number of overs to go!

3.50pm, 105.0 overs (30 overs remain)
Lancashire 2nd innings 254-8, Lamb 19* Bailey 23*
Five overs gone after and Notts have Steven Mullaney and Dane Paterson hunting for a breakthrough as Lamb and Bailey continue to resist. 

TEA Day 4, 3.10pm, 100.0 overs (35 overs remain)
Lancashire 2nd innings 235-8, Lamb 16* Bailey 9*
That is a really good effort by Danny Lamb and Tom Bailey to resist the Notts attack, buoyed by that clatter of wickets.
They have reached tea but there are still a large number of overs left in this game.

3.00pm, 95.0 overs
Lancashire 2nd innings 229-8, Lamb 11* Bailey 8*
Danny Lamb and Tom Bailey are doing their best to take this game as deep as possible after that loss of three wickets with the score on 210.
We are ten minutes away from tea but with 40 overs still to go.

2.30pm, 88.1 overs
Lancashire 2nd innings 210-8, Lamb 0* Bailey 0*
Wickets continue to tumble to the second new ball with Steven Croft edging Dane Paterson to Ben Duckett at second slip for 6 followed by George Lavelle who is lbw to Fletcher for 0.

2.25pm, 87.0 overs
Lancashire 2nd innings 210-6, Croft 6* Lavelle 0*
Rob Jones is bowled by Luke Fletcher for 33 to end a determined 98-ball innings.

2.05pm, 81.0 overs
Lancashire 2nd innings 194-5, Jones 24* Croft 0.
Dane Paterson has taken an astonishing catch low to his right at square leg to dismiss George Balderson after a five-hour career-best 77.

Balderson pulled left arm spinner Patterson-White and stood in disbelief after Paterson wheeled away in delight. 

That was the last ball of the 80th over and since then Tom Moores has dropped Rob Jones off a diving attempt from the bowling off Luke Fletcher. 

1.30pm, 74.0 overs
Lancashire 2nd innings 176-4, Balderson 71* Jones 14*.
Into the afternoon with Patterson-White wheeling away and both batsmen surrounded by fielders. The new ball is six overs away and you would think that Notts will jump at the chance to use their battery of seamers. Only 11 wickets have fallen to spin at Trent Bridge this season we are told. 

LUNCH Day 4, 12.35pm, 69.0 overs
Lancashire 2nd innings 170-4, Balderson 70* Jones 9*. Runs required: 276
Not the session we were hoping for losing three top order wickets.

The one plus point has been the batting of George Balderson who has been superb last evening and again this morning, going to a first-class best score and showing great determination, concentration and technique.

12.15pm, 65.0 overs
Lancashire 2nd innings 154-4, Balderson 66* Jones 3*. Runs required: 290
Fifteen minutes away from lunch and George Balderson and Rob Jones are defending stoutly having faced 60 balls in this partbership of just 8 with left-arm spinner Liam Patterson-White operating in tandem with Luke Fletcher.

11.55am, 60.0 overs
Lancashire 2nd innings 152-4, Balderson 65* Jones 2*. Runs required: 292
A nice moment for George Balderson as he drives Brett Hutton through the covers for his 11th boundary that takes him to a first-class best score of 65.

11.40am, 55.0 overs
Lancashire 2nd innings 146-4, Balderson 61* Jones 0*. Runs required: 298
It’s not looking good for the Red Rose now as Dane Vilas is lbw to Brett Hutton for 3.

11.25am, 51.0 overs
Lancashire 2nd innings 138-3, Balderson 52* Vilas 0*. Runs required: 306
A massive blow as the in-form Josh Bohannon is lbw to Dane Paterson for 8.

11.05am, 46.0 overs
Lancashire 2nd innings 133-2, Balderson 51* Bohannon 8*. Runs required: 311.
Josh Bohannon has two boundaries, both off Luke Fletcher, with the second an elegant drive through cover.

10.45am, 42.0 overs
Lancashire 2nd innings 122-2, Balderson 51* Bohannon 0*. Target 444.
George Balderson has reached his second first-class fifty from 114 balls with 8 fours, a lovely innings so far.

He also has the first boundary of the day, steering Dane Paterson wide of third slip along the ground.

But Luke Wells has gone, nibbling at a delivery from Dane Paterson and nicks to wicketkeeper Tom Mooores for 59 to end the partnership of 117 with Balderson.

10.30am, 39.0 overs
Lancashire 2nd innings 115-1, Wells 57* Balderson 45*. Target 444.
We have a delay at the start as the ball is being changed! Must have gone out of shape overnight…

Luke Wells and George Balderson produced an excellent century partnership yesterday after Notts set Lancashire a target of 444 runs to win from a minimum of 135 overs.

Lancashire have only scored 400 runs in the fourth innings on three occasions:-




v Surrey




Lost by 24 runs


v Hampshire




Won by 5 wkts


v Nottinghamshire

Old Trafford



Won by 2 wkts

Can Lancashire chase that down or bat the day for a draw? It’s a very tough ask.

Perhaps more pertinently, the current run-rate throughout this match has been 3.2 runs per over.

The original target set by Notts meant a rate of 3.3 runs per over would be required. By the close last night that had risen to 3.4 runs per over.

So that’s the situation this morning at Trent Bridge where we have another hot, sunny day.

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