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Bowlers face Notts battle
Bowlers face Notts battle
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Oliver Newby ended day two with three wickets to his name as he and his Lancashire colleagues fought hard to keep Nottinghamshire in check on day two of the County Championship match at Old Trafford.

Australian one-day international batsman Adam Voges hit a polished 95 to ensure his side gained a first innings lead, while visiting captain Chris Read hit a combative 48 not out to stunt Lancashire’s late afternoon fight-back. [Scorecard]
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Voges was recently left out of Australia’s squad to tour South Africa because he chose to get married. Had he not done, he could have been playing for the Aussies against Pakistan at Abu Dhabi tomorrow. The right-hander looked untroubled as he helped his side to 218-4, but Newby and Glen Chapple took two quick wickets before tea.

Read was dropped by Kyle Hogg at mid-on when he was 30, and was still there when bad light forced an end to proceedings with the visitors in control on 263-6 with a lead of 74. 20 overs of the day’s allotted 96 were lost.

“I am happy with wickets whenever they come. I was really happy to get Voges later on when we took the new ball,” said Newby, who also saw Chapple claim 2-63 from 27.1 overs.

Runs have been hard to come by on both days of this match, with swing and a little bit of extra bounce making life difficult for the batsmen.

Newby continued: “Voges managed to get away from us a little bit, but overall I thought we bowled really well. It was something we spoke about at Sussex, we didn’t want the run-rate to get away from us. I think they have gone at 2-2.5 (runs per over), which is really good from our point of view.”

Chapple and Newby claimed the two wickets to fall in the morning session, the first of which was Mark Wagh bowled for 17 by the Lancashire skipper.Voges looked unflustered from the moment he arrived at the crease with his side 63-2 in the 27th over of their innings, but Bilal Shafayat was struggling for any kind of rhythm.And the former England under 19’s skipper was undone by a bit of extra bounce from Newby, fending to Steven Croft at third slip. Shafayat had faced 117 balls for 34, and Notts were 95-3.

Voges, from Subiaco in Perth, reached his fifty off 109 balls in the 53rd over of the innings, five overs after lunch, but Brown (21) was the fourth man out when caught at first slip by Paul Horton off Tom Smith. Voges and Read shared a valuable 67 for the fourth wicket before the former had his knock ended by Newby’s in-swinging delivery, trapping him lbw, just before the tea break.

England off-spinner Graeme Swann was dropped by a diving Luke Sutton off his first ball, much to Newby’s frustration, but it was not a costly drop because Chapple got Swann in the over before tea when Horton claimed his second catch of the innings.

It remains to be seen how costly Hogg’s let-off for Read will be. Paul Franks will resume tomorrow morning unbeaten on 22.

“If we can get some early wickets in the morning, keep them to a steady lead, then go and get more than them when we bat again, it could turn out to be an interesting day four,” added Newby.
[1st day report]

Graham Hardcastle
Photo: Simon Pendrigh
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