Nottinghamshire rescued by Paul Franks and Chris Read

LV County Championship Division One, Trent Bridge
Close, day one: Nottinghamshire 326, Lancashire 7-0
Notts 3pts, Lancs 3pts
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LV County Championship

Paul Franks and captain Chris Read put on 135 for the seventh wicket to rescue Nottinghamshire on day one of their clash with Lancashire at Trent Bridge.

Despite 51 from Alex Hales and 52 from Samit Patel, Notts were reeling at 138-6 as Saj Mahmood (5-112) and Kyle Hogg (4-75) made regular inroads.

But Franks hit 69 and Read 58 to dig their side out of trouble before Andre Adams' rapid 43 helped them to 326.

Lancashire then survived two overs to reach the close on 7-0.

Notts went into the game on the back of three successive Championship defeats, caused by poor first inning batting efforts, and they were soon in trouble as Neil Edwards and Riki Wessels fell cheaply.

Hales and Patel rebuilt with a stand of 88 for the third wicket, but after Hales miscued a backfoot drive off Hogg to Mark Chilton at short extra cover, David Hussey, Steven Mullaney and Patel all fell in quick succession to catches behind the wicket.

Franks and Read recovered the situation, bringing up their century stand in 36 overs, before Mahmood removed them both.

Read, who passed 10,000 first-class runs for Nottinghamshire when he reached 41, gloved a bouncer, and Franks got stuck in his crease and was trapped leg before.

Adams saw Notts past 300, hitting five sixes in his 27-ball cameo, and was eventually last man out when he was caught at deep point off Tom Smith.


BBC Radio Lancashire's Liam Bradford:

"It was a strange day of cricket, one that saw the advantage see-saw between the two sides. The first session belonged firmly to Lancashire but a fightback in the afternoon session saw the advantage sway back towards Nottinghamshire.

"A brilliant session with the new ball from Sajid Mahmood grabbed the momentum back for Lancashire but Andre Adams' 43 meant that Lancashire left the field feeling deflated.

"The feeling of deflation may have been exaggerated by the fact that dismissing Notts for a sub-300 total was on for the Red Rose - but considering they lost the toss and were asked to field, a total of less than 350 is no mean feat, and so long as the Lancashire openers can bat themselves in tomorrow, it's a total that's achievable."