Lancashire take charge against Nottinghamshire

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A typically defiant fifty by Alex Davies and a nerveless 63 not out from debutant Liam Livingstone enabled Lancashire to take a clear advantage on the second day of their Specsavers Division One match at Emirates Old Trafford.

At close of play Lancashire were 311 for eight, giving the home side what is already a very valuable 69-run first-innings lead with power to add on Tuesday morning.

However, Davies and Livingstone’s fine contributions built on the solid foundation built by Lancashire earlier batsmen against a Nottinghamshire attack led by Stuart Broad and Jake Ball, who ended the second day with identical analyses of three for 57.

In the morning session Luke Procter and Haseeb Hameed took their second-wicket stand to 57 in 31 overs before both fell in the space of four balls just after the midpoint of the morning’s play. First to go was Procter, who was caught at second slip by Steven Mullaney off Harry Gurney for 33.

Three balls later Hameed was given out caught at the wicket by Chris Read off Ball’s first delivery of the morning, although the player appeared a trifle slow to leave the crease.

Hameed had spent 144 minutes compiling a careful 18 and the tempo of the innings was changed markedly by the arrival of Alviro Petersen, who immediately began to bat fluently against an accurate attack.

Petersen was 33 not out at lunch while Steven Croft was unbeaten on 10. The pair had added 51 for the fourth wicket by the end of a session in which Nottinghamshire’s bowlers had all but restored parity for their side.

Lancashire lost two wickets during the afternoon session but the departure of one batsman only brought in another prepared to grind it out.

The wickets to fall were those of Croft, who was caught at the wicket off Mullaney for 15, and Petersen, who was caught and bowled off the leading edge by Broad for a 108-ball 48.

The visitors took the new ball straight after tea and enjoyed immediate success, Davies being leg before to Ball for a 55 which had included seven fours and Wagner caught at cover by Brendan Taylor off Broad for a single.

Broad then had his England colleague Jimmy Anderson caught behind by Read for six but the final 90 minutes of the day’s play belonged to Lancashire as Livingstone and Jarvis added an unbroken 62 for the ninth wicket, Jarvis finishing on 36 not out after an innings which rather mocked his lowly place in the batting order.

Livingstone’s unbeaten 120-ball innings included six boundaries and the fluency of his stroke-play offered encouragement to the Old Trafford spectators who had braved the cold wind.