Lunch Report: Nottinghamshire 201 v Lancashire 113 & 77-2 (32.2 overs)

Lunch on the second day (Lancashire won toss)
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After yesterday's 20 wickets, Tony Pigott, the former Sussex and England seamer turned ECB pitch liaison officer, was summoned to Trent Bridge to see what was going on. The answer so far this morning is not very much.

Darren Pattinson, whose six wickets yesterday did most of the damage as Lancashire subsided to 113 all out, sent down eight overs without adding to his successes. There was good bounce for the Victoria bowler, but Lancashire's batsmen were treating it with much more respect.

They had 70 runs on the board before a wicket fell, after Chris Read, the Nottinghamshire captain, turned to Paul Franks for the first time.

It turned out to be Read's best decision of the morning. Franks, a one-time all-round England prospect who played a one-day international in 2000, struck with his sixth ball and his eighth.

The injury-plagued seamer had Gary Keedy caught by a diving Read in front of first slip, and then ripped out Paul Horton's middle stump in his next over, giving Nottinghamshire an uplifting end to the session.

Horton, who had been dropped by Read on 28 off Pattinson, was the danger man, having been Lancashire's best batsman so far this season. Keedy did his job well, equalling the score - 29 - he made against Surrey in the first match of the season in a similar role. The left-handed spin-bowler rarely gets into double figures in his usual function at number 11; ask him to go in higher up, however, and he suddenly looks like a batsman.