LV County Championship - Division One
Old Trafford - Day Four
Lancashire 384 (S J Croft 122, P J Horton 64, F du Plessis 55, I J Sutcliffe 50) & 234-6 dec (P J Horton 60, F du Plessis 53 no) v Nottinghamshire 304 (M A Wagh 94, A C Voges 55) & 178-4 (C M W
Read 71 no)
Lancashire (11pts) drew with Nottinghamshire (9pts)
Nottinghamshire survived some nervy moments to see-out a draw at Old Trafford as Chris Read frustrated Lancashire's attempts to win the match.
The hosts declared their innings on 234-6 on the final day well out of range of Notts who then had to bat out the day for the draw.
And when Dominic Cork was steaming in with three wickets in four balls it looked like they could struggle - before England wicketkeeper Read stopped the rot.
Read made 71 not out and took part in two half-century partnerships to steer Notts to safety and at 178-4 when Lancashire had to settle for the draw.
Francois du Plessis' unbeaten 53 and a brisk 38 from Luke Sutton gave Lancashire a 314-run advantage and gave them license to attack Notss' batsmen to try and earn the win.
Cork was the main aggressor and after getting rid of opener Will Jefferson he dismissed Mark Wagh and Samit Patel in successive deliveries to really crank up the pressure.
Read survived though and he then settled down to put on 70 with Paul Franks and 62 with Adam Voges to bag the draw for the visitors.
A gritty performance by Adam Voges was not enough to prevent Lancashire taking control of their County Championship clash against Nottinghamshire.
Dominic Cork's 3-60, including dismissals of Chris Read and Graeme Swann for ducks in consecutive overs, and a Paul Horton half-century put the hosts firmly in the driving seat at a sun-drenched Old Trafford on Sunday.
Voges, who had been forced to retire hurt after suffering a bruised wrist by Cork, returned from hospital to resume his innings and struggled on to a 97-ball half-century.
But his efforts were not enough as the visitors slumped from 172-2 to 234-7.
Lancashire extended their first innings lead of 80 to 226 by the close of the play, reaching 146-4 thanks mainly to Horton's second half-century of the match, the sixth time the opener has passed 50 in nine Championship innings this season.
Voges did not field but Notts expect the Australian to be fit to bat again on Monday.
Steven Croft claimed his maiden first-class century for Lancashire before Mark Wagh led a confident Nottinghamshire reply at Old Trafford.
Croft, who fell four short of a ton in the Roses match last week, resumed on 60 not out and reached the landmark with his 13th boundary before being the eighth man to fall as the hosts made 384.
The 23-year-old had played his part in a Lancashire recorvery on Friday and added another 121 with captain Luke Sutton (43), who was run out just before lunch attempting an all-run four.
But Graeme Swann and Paul Franks snared the last four wickets for 26 runs - Croft finally being caught behind for 122 off the former.
Sajid Mahmood then claimed an early breakthrough by removing Matthew Wood before Will Jefferson made 32 before cutting Oliver Newby to gully in his first over to leave the visitors on 60-2.
But Wagh and Adam Voges (32 not out) were untroubled in putting on 88 for the third wicket, the former reaching his fifth half-century in nine championship innings with seven elegant boundaries.
Half centuries from Francois du Plessis and Steven Croft helped Lancashire steady themselves after a post-lunch collapse on day one of their LV County Championship Division One match against Nottinghamshire.
Lancashire stand-in captain Luke Sutton won the toss and chose to bat, with Iain Sutcliffe and Paul Horton then putting together the county's best opening stand for more than a year.
Both men made half centuries as Lancashire reached 109-0, before Sutcliffe was run out thanks to an Adam Voges' direct hit. Horton was then caught by Graeme Swann off Mark Ealham.
And with Mal Loye and debutant Lou Vincent both following soon after, Lancashire suddenly found themselves struggling on 131-4 - Charlie Shreck having taken two wickets.
But Du Plessis, who had a spell in Notts' second team in 2006, paired up with Croft to frustrate his former county in a fifth-wicket stand of 84.
The pair made slow progress before the South African went for 55. Nevertheless, Croft will resume on 60, already the highest score of the innings, with Lancashire poised on 260-5 at stumps.