Rain rules at Old Trafford

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Lancashire and Nottinghamshire had to settle for a draw as rain once again played a decisive part in the Liverpool Victoria County Championship clash at Old Trafford.

The second day was the only full day of the First Division game – and with little chance of anything other than a stalemate possible, the players shook hands early at 5.30pm.

After resuming their first innings at 278 for seven – a lead of 25 – Lancashire managed to scramble another 30 runs before they were dismissed.

Brad Hodge added 10 to his overnight score of 105 before Mark Ealham and Andrew Harris mopped up the tail.

Ealham returned figures of 5-75 with the wicket of Hodge, courtesy of a sharp slip catch by Stephen Fleming, whilst Harris picked up the wickets of Tom Smith and Gary Keedy.

This gave Lancashire a first-innings lead of 55 – and three batting bonus points to add to the three they picked up when bowling.

Nottinghamshire, on the other hand, collected five points: three bowling and two batting.

After the rain finally ceased, following two separate breaks that spanned just short of three hours, the visitors were given a brief scare by Smith and Oliver Newby before finally seeing out the day.

The pace pair grabbed two wickets apiece to leave the score 41 for four – but Chris Read (22) and David Hussey (38) put on an unbroken 61 for the fifth wicket to guide their side to 102 for four.

The teams meet again in the C&G Trophy at Old Trafford on Monday.

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