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Rain frustrates Notts victory bid

CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY THREE: Lancashire 285 & 97-3, Nottinghamshire 388 and 289-7dec
(Notts 11pts, Lancs 9pts)

Nottinghamshire v Lancashire

Rain frustrated Nottinghamshire's hopes of a fourth Championship win of the season as they drew with Lancashire.

Needing nine wickets at the start of the day with Lancashire still requiring another 371 to win, heavy rain delayed play until mid-afternoon.

With a maximum of 43 overs available on a slow but true pitch, Notts were never likely to engineer a collapse from the FP Trophy semi-finalists.

And stumps were finally drawn at 5pm with Lancashire on 97-3.

Ryan Sidebottom had Karl Brown well caught at third slip by a tumbling David Hussey in the 14th over.

But nightwatchman Kyle Hogg successfully saw off the danger until after tea, when he was bowled by Darren Pattinson for 34, Mal Loye finishing on 31 not out.

The result leaves Nottinghamshire still lying in second place in Division One, 18 points behind leaders Durham but with a game in hand.

Notts skipper Chris Read told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"It's very frustrating. With 102 overs at them, I like to think we'd have won the game.

"Credit must go to Mark Wagh and David Hussey for getting the runs as quickly as they did to enable us to declare.

"And the groundstaff have done well with the outfield to ensure we got on at all.

"A year ago, with the rain we had, we probably wouldn't have bowled a ball."

Lancashire coach Peter Moores told BBC Radio Manchester:

"We fancied our chances of getting 370 in the day if the sun had shone and we'd had a good start.

"But give Notts their due they played better than we did.

"We're still fourth in the table and not out of the running, still in touch with the leaders.

"Durham have put together four straight wins and any team who does that will still be in with a shout."

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