A session characterised by watchful defence in its first hour but a little more aggression in its second saw Lancashire progress to 108 for three in reply to Nottinghamshire’s 242 on the second day of their Specsavers Division One match at Emirates Old Trafford.
The two wickets taken by Nottinghamshire fell in the space of four balls just after the midpoint of the morning’s play. First to go was Luke Procter, who was caught at second slip by Steven Mullaney off Harry Gurney for 33.
Two balls later Haseeb Hameed was given out caught at the wicket by Chris Read off Jake Ball’s first ball 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.