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Notts on top after Lancs batting falters

Notts on top after Lancs batting falters

Lancashire had a poor day with the bat being bowled out for 168 inside 53 overs to hand the initiative, and a significant lead, to Nottinghamshire on the second day of this LV= Insurance County Championship match at Trent Bridge.

The hosts steadily built on their 104-run advantage but were made to work hard by the Red Rose bowling attack, who shrugged off the loss of the injured Saqib Mahmood, with a fine effort that produced five wickets as Notts reached the close on 127-5 in their second innings and ahead by 231 runs.

Resuming on 28-2 Lancashire lost four wickets in each of the first two sessions to be bundled out for 168 inside the first half of the day with Notts pace bowlers Brett Hutton taking 5-62 and Dane Paterson 3-39.

Both bowlers found just enough movement to trouble the batsmen but it was the leading wicket-taker in the Championship, Luke Fletcher who struck first when George Balderson on 19 flicked a delivery to Liam Patterson-White at short mid-wicket in the fourth over of the day.

Lancashire then enjoyed their best partnership of the innings between Josh Bohannon and nightwatchman Danny Lamb for the fourth wicket,.

Bohannon continued his good form with some eye-catching shots including three boundaries from one Hutton over as play moved into the second hour of the day.

But having batted beautifully thus far Bohannon fell for 35 to a good seaming delivery from Hutton that nipped away and found an edge, caught by Ben Duckett at second slip the ball after the pair had posted their 50 partnership off 84 balls to leave Lancashire 82-4.

Danny Lamb, who drove Hutton for four from the second ball of the day, had contributed ninety excellent minutes of support in his role of nightwatchman before falling for 15 after edging a defensive shot against Paterson to wicketkeeper Tom Moores.

And Lancashire next lost Rob Jones for 14 when he edged Hutton to slip in the last over before lunch with the Red Rose in trouble on 111-6.

Steven Croft shrugged off any problems with his damaged thumb to bat with positive intent from the off when play resumed, scoring all the runs added before Dane Vilas was adjudged lbw for 15 offering no shot to become Hutton’s fifth wicket of the innings.

Croft had batted nicely but was next bowled for 25 by Paterson with a delivery that nipped back and kept a touch low and the same bowler then trapped Bailey lbw for 0.

George Lavelle, batting at number 9, boosted the scoring with some good shots in his 39-ball innings of 32 but Lancashire’s 168 was just four runs higher than their lowest total of the season when they were bundled out by Glamorgan at Cardiff back in June.

Without the injured Mahmood the Red Rose attack plugged away through the second half of the day, restricting the Nottinghamshire scoring to under three runs per over and all three remaining front-line seamers persevered to  pick up some good wickets.

George Balderson hurried a delivery through Ben Slater's defence after the Notts openers had put 51 runs on for the first wicket, Lamb nipped one back to have Ben Duckett lbw for 44 and Lavelle pulled off a spectacular diving catch after Sam Northeast attempted to cut a wide delivery from Bailey to have the hosts 85-3.

Balderson prised out Joe Clarke with an edge to Jones at second slip for 22 and Bailey found some bounce to induce an edge from Steven Mullaney to Lavelle for 1.

Lyndon James  (18 not out) and Tom Moores (11 not out) will resume in the morning and Lancashire still have a lot to do if they are to stay in this game.

Ken Grime
Photos: Daniel Adams

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