Lancashire pegged back by Nottinghamshire's Paul Franks

LV County Championship Division One, Trent Bridge
Close, day two: Nottinghamshire 326, Lancashire 293-8
Notts 5pts, Lancs 5pts
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Paul Franks took four wickets as Nottinghamshire ended day two of their clash against Lancashire at Trent Bridge with a slender lead.

After resuming on 7-0, Lancashire appeared in control at 146-2.

But Franks (4-50) followed up his 69 with the bat on day one by ripping out the middle order, including Paul Horton for 99, as Lancashire slumped to 197-6.

Saj Mahmood and Kyle Hogg had added 50 for the ninth wicket by the time they closed on 293-8, trailing by 33.

It leaves the match intriguingly poised going into the final two days, with the pitch still offering something for both batsmen and bowlers.

Lancashire began the day well, with Horton and Stephen Moore surviving the first 90 minutes' play, only for Moore to undo that good work by slashing at a wide delivery from Luke Fletcher and edging to wicketkeeper Chris Read.

Fletcher (3-73) also had Karl Brown caught at slip before Franks took centre stage, bowling Mark Chilton off an inside edge, having Steven Croft caught at mid-wicket and Tom Smith caught behind as Lancashire went to tea on 194-5.

Horton followed soon after, departing one short of his first County Championship hundred since April 2010, and the new ball accounted for both Farveez Maharoof and Gareth Cross.

But Mahmood turned the tide with an unbeaten 39 off 45 balls, with Hogg offering invaluable support.

CLOSE OF PLAY SUMMARY

BBC Radio Lancashire's Liam Bradford:

"A seesaw day saw the impetus of this match switch between these two sides. Openers Stephen Moore and Paul Horton put on a fabulous display, one of the best this season, to see Lancashire through to 82 before they were separated.

"After that it became the Paul Horton show, the Lancashire opener looking to complete his first century of the season. It was only a devastating delivery from Paul Franks that prevented the ton and Horton headed back to the pavilion in the 90s for the third time this season.

"The pitch is proving to be a talking point too. It's not a bad surface but the cracks that appeared on day one have started to open and provide some variable bounce of the upward variety.

"Day three could be decisive in this game. It's all down to how long the tail can hang on for Lancashire, and how long it takes the bowlers to get through the Nottinghamshire batting line-up."

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