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Live Blog: Nottinghamshire v Lancashire, Day Three

Live Blog: Nottinghamshire v Lancashire, Day Three

Live Blog: Nottinghamshire v Lancashire, Day 3

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

CLOSE Day 3, 5.40pm, 39.0 overs
Lancashire 2nd innings 115-1, Wells 57* Balderson 45*. Target 444.
Luke Wells and George Balderson have batted superbly to take Lancashire to stumps with a 110-run partnership.

Only four wickets have fallen today, all in the afternoon session. Let’s hope it’s a similar story tomorrow!

5.23pm, 24.0 overs
Lancashire 2nd innings 108-1, Wells 52* Balderson 43*. Target 444.
Luke Wells has reached his third fifty of the season driving his 10th four to the midwicket fence and that has also brought up the century partnership off 187 balls.

Great fightback by this pair! 

4.30pm, 20.0 overs
Lancashire 2nd innings 70-1, Wells 38* Balderson 27*. Target 444.
Notts are turning to the spin of Liam Patterson-White for the first time in this innings.

Wells and Balderson have batted well, passing their 50 partnership when Balderson clipped Hutton for four to fine leg.

4.00pm, 13.0 overs
Lancashire 2nd innings 43-1, Wells 24* Balderson 15*. Target 444.
Just 13 runs added since tea with Dane Paterson starting his first spell with three maidens.

Luke Wells broke the shackles slightly with a lovely back foot drive for four off Luke Fletcher in the last over.

TEA, Day 3, 3.15pm, 7.0 overs
Lancashire 2nd innings 30-1, Wells 13* Balderson 15*. Target 444.
George Balderson has struck three nicely timed boundaries in his 15 and Luke Wells has 13 to settle the innings a bit after the loss of that wicket in the first over.

2.47pm, 1.0 overs
Lancashire 2nd innings 5-1, Wells 3* Balderson 0*. Target 444.
A wicket falls in the first over and it's Alex Davies who goes first ball, lbw to Luke Fletcher offering no shot.

2.30pm, 107.0 overs
Nottinghamshire 2nd innings 339-8 dec lead by 443 runs, Patterson-White 37* Fletcher 5*Lyndon James fell exactly the same way as Moores, taking on Wells and holing out to Bohannon for a career-best 91. Can't help thinking he's chucked away a maiden century there but it was still a fine innings.

Tom Bailey then returned bowling off-spin and picked up the wicket of Hutton for 1 caught at long-on by Jack Blatherwick! 

Patterson-White started hitting out before Mullaney declared at 339-8 dec. 

2.00pm, 100.0 overs
Nottinghamshire 2nd innings 292-6 lead by 394 runs, James 87* Patterson-White 6*
We are halfway through the overs on day three and finally a wicket to tell you about!

Tom Moores has fallen three short of a century after taking on Luke Wells and holing out to Steven Croft who took a nicely judged tumbling catch at deep mid-wicket. Understandably Moores left shaking his head in disappointment.

That broke a 176-run partnership with Lyndon James and with the lead approaching 400 we are all waiting to see if James can get to his century and wondering if Steven Mullaney will then declare.

1.30pm, 90.0 overs
Nottinghamshire 2nd innings 251-5 lead by 355 runs, James 78* Moores 72*
Lyndon James and Tom Moores continue to make steady progress this afternoon.

Lancashire have Luke Wells and Steven Croft in the attack at the moment which has given the main bowlers a rest and also took the over-rate from -1 before lunch to +1 now.

LUNCH Day 3, 12.30pm, 84.0 overs
Nottinghamshire 2nd innings 230-5 lead by 334 runs, James 66* Moores 63*
A pretty tough session for Lancashire with, Lyndon James and Tom Moores both reaching their half centuries as the hosts strengthen their grip on this game.

The Lancashire bowlers have kept plugging away and have managed to keep the run-rate down to 2.7 runs per over but it has been a hard morning for them.

The new ball has become due but it has not been taken so far.

12.00pm, 75.0 overs
Nottinghamshire 2nd innings 196-5 lead by 300 runs, James 48* Moores 47*
The Lancashire bowlers are putting in another shift on a very hot sunny morning with only 22 runs coming in the last half hour.

There have been a couple of genuine edges, one falling just short of slip and another wide of the slip cordon but Moores and James have batted nicely to extend the Notts lead to 300.

11.33am, 68.0 overs
Nottinghamshire 2nd innings 174-5 lead by 278 runs, James 33* Moores 40*
No Nottinghamshire wickets to report so far today in the first hour of play.

With time on their side Tom Moores and Lyndon James have been largely content to pick off anything wayward but stay patient and play defensively against anything straight.

Having said that Josh Bohannon has just jagged one past James that a sprawling George Balderson did well to stop.

10.57am, 59.0 overs
Nottinghamshire 2nd innings 153-5 lead by 257 runs, James 23* Moores 31*
No further alarms for the Notts batsmen although Tom Moores has played and missed with a couple of attacking shots. 

One ball in the last over from Danny Lamb kept a shade low, but otherwise not a lot to report.

10.35am, 53.0 overs
Nottinghamshire 2nd innings 132-5 lead by 236 runs, James 18* Moores 20*
Oh, that was unexpected! Tom Bailey gets a delivery to 'pop' off the surface that Tom Moores edges, possibly off his bat handle, over the slips for four. A sign of things to come?

10.30am, 52.0 overs
Nottinghamshire 2nd innings 127-5 lead by 231 runs, James 18* Moores 15*

Nottinghamshire will resume their 2nd innings on 127-5 leading by 231 runs with Lyndon James on 18 and Tom Moores on 11 when play resumes at 10.30am.

I'm not sure how thrilled Lancashire's bowlers will be to find it's a hot and sunny day at Trent Bridge, although they will be hoping they can reproduce their first innings effort when they knocked over the Notts lower order fairly cheaply.

It is still advantage Notts but there were a couple of wickets each for Tom Bailey and George Balderson plus one for Danny Lamb in a battling performance from the Red Rose bowlers yesterday afternoon. All three of them have bowled more than 40 overs in the match and can expect more hard yards ahead today.

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