Struggling Lancs avoid follow-on

Tom Smith - fighting knock
Tom Smith - fighting knock
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Lancashire’s cricketers avoided the follow-in against Notts at Trent Bridge, but the home side continued to have the upper hand.

Lancashire started the day at 77 for six in reply to the Notts’ first innings total of 272.

That they managed to avoid batting again straightaway for the second time was largely down to the sterling efforts of Tom Smith.

He scored a stubborn, unbeaten 42 not out as he helped to nudge Lancashire past the follow-on total.

However, Notts began the afternoon session still in a dominant position and it was proving to be a struggle for the Red Rose county in their first season back in the top flight after winning the Division Two title last season.

Elsewhere in the country, Matt Prior claimed the distinction of being the first player to score a century this season for Sussex against Middlesex.