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Red Rose pricked by Adams

Lancashire CCC

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Andre Adams was once again the scourge of Lancashire as his four wickets helped Nottinghamshire peg back the Red Rose on a rain-affected first day of their LV= County Championship Division One clash at Trent Bridge.

The evergreen seamer’s 4-77 took his tally as the top flight’s leading wicket-taker to 39 and enhanced his record against Lancashire to 24 victims in his last three outings.

But an unbeaten half-century from South African left-hander Ashwell Prince helped the visitors close on 203 for six. The in-form overseas batsman was dropped on 51 off New Zealander Adams at first slip by Alex Hales.

Prince took advantage of that let off to patiently progress to 63 from 130 balls with five fours - his seventh championship fifty of the season.

Stephen Moore

Opener Stephen Moore becomes one of Andre Adams' four victims after playing on to his stumps to go for a 48-ball 24 at Trent Bridge

Lancashire will hope Prince can go on to convert that into a second century - against opponents for whom he appeared briefly in 2008 - after several of his colleagues got themselves in but failed to capitalise.

With the promise of cloud cover, Notts opted to bowl first having won the toss and in the eighth over Andy Carter made the breakthrough when Paul Horton found Adam Voges at second slip having made just three.

A second-wicket partnership of 53 between Stephen Moore and Karl Brown, who made 24 and 34 respectively, saw the visitors briefly make hay, using attack as the best form of defence.

But after striking Adams for three consecutive fours, Brown played one shot too many with the score on 64, allowing Samit Patel to take a fine, low catch at third slip.

Lancashire were in a spot of bother on 69 for three when Moore followed, bowled by Adams via an inside edge as he tried to withdraw his bat, but their fortunes were revived by Prince in tandem with Steven Croft, the pair adding 60 in 18 overs.

Carter returned after lunch to end the stand, a short ball gloving Croft, who had made 29, to enable Read to take a smart catch on the stretch.

Replacement Luke Procter was all at sea against Adams before he drove loosely to a ball slanted across him and was pouched by Patel in the slip cordon for seven.

After 10 overs were wiped out by rain either side of tea, just 28 more balls were possible before a second downpour ended play for the day.

But there was still time for Adams to claim his fourth wicket, Gareth Cross pulling to James Taylor for 35, who held on well running around from deep midwicket, ending a stand of 52.

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