Peter Moores insists Lancashire can still win their LV= County Championship clash with Nottinghamshire, despite the champions having a tough second day at Old Trafford.
The visitors closed on 122-2, a lead of 145, after bowling Lancashire out for 146 in their first innings earlier in the day.
At one stage, Glen Chapple’s men looked set for a first innings lead when they were 129-4 at lunch in reply to Nottinghamshire’s 169. But they lost their last six wickets for just 15 runs as Andre Adams claimed a career best 7-32.
Neil Edwards (40) and Michael Lumb (40no) then put on a 79-run second-wicket partnership to put the visitors in control against a depleted Red Rose bowling attack missing Tom Smith – who is set to be out for at least a month with a hamstring injury - and James Anderson, who was off the field for all but two overs of the Notts innings with illness.
“Jimmy is not feeling well at all,” said Lancashire coach Moores. “He came in this morning with some sort of fluey virus. He bowled one over and struggled with it. We didn’t expect him to do that, but he wanted to give it a try.
“It is quite a big blow for us, but if you are ill you are ill and there is nothing you can do about it. Hopefully he can bowl tomorrow because there is still something in the pitch for bowlers of Jimmy’s quality.
“Tom will bat in the second innings, but won’t be able to bowl and it looks like he will be out for at least a month after this game.”
Stephen Moore top scored for Lancashire with 43, with Ashwell Prince (23) and Steven Croft (20) contributing.
“We were hoping to get a substantial first-innings lead, it didn’t happen but you just have to take that, Notts are a good side and Andre Adams is a very good bowler,” said Moores.
“We have to try and win a couple of sessions, get ourselves back into the game and take that into our batting. We are disappointed with how we batted, but the game is still on, there are still two days to go.
“We scored 400 in our last match at Somerset and batted really well. Stephen Moore is batting really well, Paul Horton is playing well but hasn’t gone on to make a score yet, Steven Croft got a hundred and Prince got 96, so there are batsmen playing well.
“We just need to get some big partnerships if we are going to chase down a target. We can still win the game.”
With Anderson going off after bowling one over, Luke Procter took the new ball with Chapple and the duo were unlucky not to get more than just the wicket of Alex Hales in the early stages.
“I thought we did pretty well and Chapple’s opening spell went past the bat about eight times,” said Moores. “I thought he bowled better in this innings than in the first but just didn’t get the wickets and that can happen sometimes.
“But if he bowls like that tomorrow morning when he is fresh he can easily pick up wickets, and I thought Luke Procter stepped up and kept things tight.
“We just need to keep plugging away.”
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