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Glen Chapple took six wickets to help set up a potentially thrilling run chase at Southport tomorrow

Lancashire will attempt to chase down 258 to beat Notts and climb to the summit of the LV= County Championship table.

After 14 wickets fell on Tuesday’s first day, 16 more fell today as both teams enjoyed periods of dominance during an excellent day’s cricket in front of another season's record crowd of 2,828.

Both sides will definitely be confident of clinching victory at Trafalgar Road tomorrow.

You could argue that Notts are the favourites because Lancashire will have to score the highest total of the match to clinch a further 16 points.

But, having already been involved in thrillers against Yorkshire twice and Durham this season, the Red Rose players know exactly what it takes to win a gripper of a contest.

Former New Zealand international Andre Adams returned 6-71 from 24 overs to bowl Lancashire out for 179 before lunch as they replied to 203.

Then six visiting batsmen departed in Notts second innings, before Lancashire were frustrated after tea by a match-high stand of 71 for the eighth-wicket between Steven Mullaney and Graeme White, who finished with 54 not out.

White was picked for his left-arm spinning capabilities, but has yet to bowl an over.

He has, however, still proved to be a valuable selection for the Trent Bridge side because he also scored 32 in the first innings.

Lancashire closed the day on 8-0 after one over of their chase.

Glen Chapple, who finished with 6-70 from 25.3 overs, said: “We’re definitely due an easy victory, but they just don’t seem to be coming.

“We’ll just have to grin and bear it. We’ll definitely be up for it, and it should be a great game. If they’re tired and let it slip, we’ll be there to punish them.”

Like Adams today and Kyle Hogg on Tuesday, Chapple prospered from the Grosvenor Road end of the ground as he picked up four wickets to help reduce the score to 139-7 just after tea.

He also got Darren Pattinson caught behind by Gareth Cross and Luke Fletcher caught at mid-on by Stephen Moore before close.

Chapple had Riki Wessels, Adam Voges and Chris Read all snared by Cross after loose shots outside off, with Australian Voges nonchalantly caught one-handed by the keeper. Chapple also ripped out Samit Patel’s off stump as he shouldered arms.

Opener Alex Hales became the first man in the match to score a half-century, reaching his milestone off 60 balls before being caught in the gully by Steven Croft two balls later off Tom Smith’s bowling.

With Hales at the crease, Notts were clearly in the ascendency at 81-2. But Kyle Hogg picked up one of two wickets to fall within ten balls after tea, bowling Adams first ball after a horrible and unsuccessful pull by the batsman.

Mullaney and White then batted impressively, the former scoring 42.

Adams, who started day two with three wickets, added another three as Lancashire surrendered a first innings lead of 24.

The 36 year-old bowled an unbroken 13-over spell yesterday morning to remove Smith and Cross within the space of three balls and also Croft. Smith was bowled, Cross trapped lbw and Croft smartly caught at first slip by Hales. Pattinson also finished with 3-46.

“We’ve done pretty well and set up a good game,” added Chapple, who rarely used spinners Keedy and Kerrigan in the visitors’ second innings. “We’re only into day two, and there’s no help for the spinners yet. It means the seamers have had to get greedy and do a lot of the work. Both sides have good bowling attacks.

“I had to cut my pace a little bit, but the pitch is quite receptive to that. We’ve had two good sessions, and I think it’s panned out quite well for us in the end.”

Graham Hardcastle
Photos (c) Simon Pendrigh
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