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Loye knock holds up Notts charge

CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY TWO: Lancashire 237-6, Nottinghamshire 388
(Notts 6pts, Lancs 4pts)
30 June - 3 July 2009 (1100-1800 BST)

Mal Loye
Loye made his highest County Championship score for two years

Nottinghamshire took firm control against Lancashire on day two at Trent Bridge, despite 84 from Mal Loye.

After Ryan Sidebottom hit 46 in Nottinghamshire's total of 388, the visitors closed the day on 237-6.

Loye shared a third-wicket stand of 81 with VVS Laxman (30) as Lancashire recovered from 31-2.

But when he was bowled by Samit Patel, it was left to Glen Chapple (39) and Luke Sutton (25) to help Lancashire close the deficit to 151 at stumps.

The home side began the day on 369-9, with Sidebottom and Charlie Shreck taking their 10th-wicket stand to 34 before Sidebottom was bowled by Oliver Newby.

Darren Pattinson led had Paul Horton caught by Ally Brown for nine and Mark Ealham (3-26) trapped Karl Brown lbw for three before Loye and Laxman led the recovery.

Ealham removed Laxman and Mark Chilton in quick succession and when Loye was dismissed by Patel, Lancashire were struggling at 158-5.

Steven Croft (25) then shared 31 with Sutton for the sixth wicket, but when he fell lbw to Shreck, it was to be Nottinghamshire's last success of the day.

Chapple struck eight boundaries, as he and Sutton put on an unbroken stand of 51 in 82 balls.

Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"It's been very hard work but it's always a little bit easier when you're taking wickets on a regular basis which we managed to do.

"All in all we're pretty happy with the position after two days.

"They're still 150 behind and if we can get a lead of 100, we'll be hopeful that we can make something happen in the last two days.

"The third innings of the match in these games is crucial so whatever our lead we need to bat really well in the third innings.

"It's not going to be a quick finish, it's going to go all four days and if we have to win it after tea on the fourth day we'll be happy with that."

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