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June 22, 2011
Lancashire 32 for 0 and 306 Nottinghamshire 326 and 216
Lancashire need a further 205 runs to claim their sixth win of the season heading into the final day of an enthralling County Championship clash with Nottinghamshire.
The visitors were set for a smaller run-chase when they had the hosts at 81 for 7 in their second innings, but yet again the Notts tail wagged as Paul Franks and Andre Adams put on 119 for the eighth wicket and pushed the hosts to 216 all out.
Franks made 57 from 88 balls - his fifth Championship half-century of the season - while Adams hit 51, including three sixes and five fours. Sajid Mahmood was key to ending the hosts' resistance, picking up 5 for 74 to complete the second 10-wicket match haul of his career.
Having been set 237 to win on a pitch showing uneven bounce, the visitors reached 32 for no loss at the close, with Paul Horton unbeaten on 14 and Stephen Moore 17 not out.
The day began with Lancashire on 293 for 8 in their first innings, although Luke Fletcher removed both Mahmood and Kyle Hogg in quick order to wrap things up and claim 5 for 82.
The two Lancashire bowlers then set about destroying the Notts top order as the visitors collapsed to 40 for 4 inside the opening 12 overs. Mahmood had Neil Edwards and Samit Patel lbw either side of Hogg removing Alex Hales, brilliantly caught at point by Steven Croft, before former England international Mahmood took the key wicket of David Hussey, beaten for pace as his off-stump was sent cartwheeling.
Riki Wessels and Steven Mullaney steadied the ship to reach lunch with Notts on 79 for 4, a lead of 99, but a devastating spell from Hogg after the interval appeared to have swung the match in Lancashire's favour as the seamer picked up three wickets in seven balls.
Mullaney was lbw to the first ball of the session, Wessels was caught behind for 35 playing defensively and Chris Read was also adjudged leg before playing across the line on the back foot.
The first of two rain showers then arrived to give Notts a chance to regroup. Adams swung belligerently after play resumed to put the visiting attack off their stride and while Franks was more circumspect, he also seized on any loose deliveries.
Mahmood's return did the trick as Adams gloved a hook shot to wicketkeeper Gareth Cross and Franks was stumped off Gary Keedy, with Fletcher last to go with a sliced drive off Mahmood to cover.
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