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Prince lifts Lancs in vital draw

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE, Old Trafford
Lancashire v Nottinghamshire
29 April - 2 May

MATCH DRAWN: Lancashire 189 and 230-3 dec, Nottinghamshire 367-9 dec (Notts 11 pts, Lancs 7 pts)


Ashwell Prince
Prince's century was his first for the county

Ashwell Prince's maiden century for Lancashire helped them to a crucial County Championship draw against Nottinghamshire at Old Trafford.

The 31-year-old South African helped his side recover from 39-3 as they attempted to overhaul a first-innings deficit of 178.

Notts' Luke Fletcher took two of the three wickets to fall, trapping both Tom Smith and Francois du Plessis lbw.

Paul Horton was caught behind by Bilal Shafayat from a Ryan Sidebottom ball.

Nottinghamshire skipper Chris Read left Manchester on Friday night to attend the birth of his first child and overseas player Adam Voges took over the captaincy for the final day.

Lancashire had been bowled out for 189 in their first innings and looked in trouble within 12 overs of their second innings.

But Prince shared an unbroken fourth-wicket partnership of 191 with Mark Chilton (56 no) to help his side to 230-3 declared, and both sides agreed to shake hands just before 1700 BST.

ASHWELL PRINCE
Born: Port Elizabeth, Cape Province
Date of birth: 28/05/1977
Test debut: Feb 2002 vs Australia

Nottinghamshire had looked very well placed to force victory when Smith went for seven, Horton for 14 and du Plessis for four.

But Prince and Chilton steadied the ship with the feature of their partnership being some decisive and energetic running between the crease over more than two sessions.



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