Lancashire drew their LV County Championship match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, with rain ruining the prospect of an entertaining day's play in the East Midlands.
Heavy, persistent, rain prevented play from starting until 3pm, meaning the visitors were faced with the prospect of batting out just 43 overs. Both sets of players shook hands at 5pm, meaning only 27 overs were bowled in the day, and Lancashire finished on 97-3 in their pursuit of an academic 393 for victory.
“We were looking to set up the game,” said coach Peter Moores. “370 in a day, if we didn’t get bowled out, we fancied our chances of chasing them down. When part of the day was lost to rain, Notts were the only side that could win. It was disappointing for both sides, and we wanted to get a win.
“We felt we had a good chance, but give Notts their due because they played better than us. We paid the penalty for bowling too loose in the first innings. They scored at a rate too high for the wicket.
“They played more positively than we did, dominated, and that meant a lead of 100 was always going to be significant. Give Notts credit, their bowling was very disciplined.”
Karl Brown, having been dropped three overs earlier by David Hussey at third slip, perished to the same man off the bowling of Ryan Sidebottom to leave the score at 45-2 in the 14th over.
Kyle Hogg was employed as a night-watchman late on day three, and was in positive mood on the way to 34 off 53 balls. Left-handed Hogg hit five boundaries before having his off-stump uprooted by Darren Pattinson. It left Lancashire at 68-3 in the 20th over of their innings.
Mal Loye continued his solid form with an unbeaten 31 off 57 balls, including five fours, as he shared an unbroken fourth wicket partnership of 29 with Mark Chilton.
Lancashire have claimed nine points from this LV Division One fixture, and face bottom side Worcestershire at Old Trafford on Friday.
Moores added: “We are not out of touch with the leaders. Durham have had a great run, but there is still only 40 points in it. If you can string together two or three wins, then you are right back in the hunt.”
Before their next LV Division One assignment, the Lightning host Hampshire Hawks in the semi-final of the Friends Provident Trophy on Sunday.
Reports from Day 1 I Day 2 I Day 3
Photo: Simon Pendrigh
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