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Lancs frustrated by weather
Lancs frustrated by weather
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Lancashire and Nottinghamshire were frustrated by the weather yet again as only 21 overs were possible during day two of their County Championship match at Trent Bridge

The Red Rose county advanced their overnight total of 203-6 to 272-9 as Ashwell Prince finished with 80 and captain Glen Chapple 24.

New Zealander Andre Adams completed his third haul of five wickets or more in the last three Championship matches between these two sides having taken six in the first innings at Southport last year and seven in the first innings at Old Trafford earlier this season.

Adams had Prince caught at first slip by Alex Hales as the South African left-hander drove at his 162nd ball, which included five fours. It was also Adams’ 600th wicket in first-class cricket.

Prince and Chapple shared 40 for the seventh wicket, which meant the visitors were 243-7 in the 71st over when Prince fell.

Chapple followed shortly afterwards when he had his stumps rearranged by a delivery from Paul Franks which kept low. And when Ajmal Shahzad was caught behind as he tried to attack left-arm pace bowler Harry Gurney, Lancashire were 251-9 in the 75th.

Kyle Hogg and Simon Kerrigan, who will resume tomorrow on nine not out apiece, weather depending, hit three fours between them in an unbroken stand of 21 for the last wicket. Hogg hit Franks for four through the off-side immediately after arriving at the crease before Kerrigan cut the same bowler and edged him wide of the slips.

Red Rose batsman Karl Brown, who hit 34 off 24 balls during Wednesday’s first day, said: “We’ve obviously not got as much cricket in as we’d wanted. But, if we can get a couple of full days in, we feel we can put ourselves in a very good position with some early wickets.

“We’ve played well in parts and maybe not so well in others. I think it could be a competitive score. I guess we’ll only find out for sure when they have a bat. If we can get a decent result out of this game, it will give us confidence for the rest of the games.”

Rain, as it has done so often this summer, interrupted play on three separate occasions today. Play only started at 11.40am before an early lunch was taken at 12.50pm. Only 15 more minutes were possible after the break before the day was abandoned at 3.45pm.

“It has been a difficult start to the season,” admitted Brown. “It’s difficult to get into a rhythm, but it’s something that you’ve got to deal with, especially early season in England. With us starting earlier and earlier, you’re going to get it regularly.”

Day 1 Report

Graham Hardcastle
Photo (c) Mike Egerton/EMPICS
Article (c) Lancashire CCC Ltd

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