County Championship: Tom Bailey and Danny Lamb lead Lancashire fightback as Notts collapse

Tom Bailey
Tom Bailey pegged Notts back with his 15th four-wicket haul in first-class cricket
LV= County Championship Division One, Trent Bridge (day one):
Nottinghamshire 272: Northeast 65, Duckett 59, Clarke 54; Bailey 4-48, Lamb 4-60
Lancashire 28-2: Balderson 19*; Hutton 2-8
Nottinghamshire (2 pts) lead Lancashire (3 pts) by 244 runs
Scorecard

Nottinghamshire let a commanding position slip as Lancashire's attack roared back on day one at Trent Bridge.

Half-centuries from Ben Duckett (59), Sam Northeast (65) and Joe Clarke (54) put the hosts in a strong position.

But Lyndon James fell to the last ball before tea and the wickets tumbled after the interval as Notts lost their last seven wickets for 61 runs to be bowled out for 272.

Lancashire then lost Alex Davies (0) and Luke Wells (8) to close on 28-2.

The response of the Red Rose attack was particularly impressive after suffering two injuries.

England white-ball paceman Saqib Mahmood pulled up midway through his 15th over, leaving the field after tea holding his left side.

The extent of Mahmood's side strain will be assessed in the morning, while they also lost Steven Croft for most of the day to a hand injury.

Duckett opened the day in fine form, reaching 50 in brisk fashion from 69 balls, and putting on 75 with Northeast as Notts reached lunch at 97-1 having been put in.

He fell straight after the interval without adding to his morning score, but former Kent and Hampshire batsman Northeast continued to build with Clarke, and brought up a patient first half-century for Notts off 110 balls on his home debut.

Tom Bailey (4-48) kept the Red Rose in the hunt, having Northeast caught behind and then removing James (21) to give the visitors some momentum going into tea.

Danny Lamb (4-60) then took charge, pinning Clarke in front - four balls after passing 50 - before dismissing Liam Patterson-White and Brett Hutton in the space of three balls as Notts slipped from 223-4 to 230-8 before Luke Fletcher's late cameo of 27.

Brett Hutton (2-8) struck twice as the Lancashire faced a tricky 11 overs before stumps, taking the edge of opener Davies for a duck and then having Luke Wells caught by Ben Slater with his final ball of the day.

Nottinghamshire top scorer Sam Northeast:

"There was enough in the pitch this morning, which you would expect after losing the toss and being put in. It was crucial to get through to lunch only one down. Saqib bowled a really nice spell just before lunch but Ben and I managed to ride the story, which was quite important.

"But throughout the day we kept losing wickets at the wrong times and they clawed their way back into the game. As a team we probably would have said we wanted more from the position we were in but that's cricket, we scored 400 last week and you can't do that every week.

"Those two wickets at the end probably put us just about on top but it is very close and there is still a lot of cricket to play."

Lancashire's Danny Lamb:

"We were disappointed with our morning session to have them only one down on a pitch that was doing a bit.

"It was disappointing not to take some of the chances that we missed but that happens sometimes. We fought back well in the afternoon and built some pressure from there and got the rewards after tea.

"From my point of view, it was frustrating not to get that fifth wicket. I've had four or five 'four-fers' now without getting over the line. But, from the team point of view I'm just trying to get as many wickets as I can."

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