LV County Championship - Division One
Nottinghamshire 388 (D J Hussey 126, A D Brown 54) & 289-7 dec (M A Wagh 131, D J Hussey 74) v Lancashire 285 (M B Loye 84, G Chapple 55, M A Ealham 5-31) & 97-3
Nottinghamshire (11pts) drew with Lancashire (9pts)
Lancashire escaped from Nottinghamshire with a draw on Friday, after rain delayed the final day's play until 3pm.
Resuming on 22-1, in pursuit of 371 for victory, Ryan Sidebottom had Karl Brown well caught at third slip by a tumbling David Hussey when play did finally get underway.
But nightwatchman Kyle Hogg successfully saw off the danger until after tea, when he was bowled by Darren Pattinson for 34.
Stumps were therefore drawn at 5pm with Lancashire 97 for three, as Mal Loye finished on 31 not out in company with Mark Chilton.
Nottinghamshire take 11 points from the contest and are second in Division One as a consequence, while Lancashire are 20 points adrift, in fifth.
Mark Wagh scored his second century of the season to leave Nottinghamshire needing nine wickets on the final day of their match against Lancashire for a fourth County Championship win of 2009.
Wagh hit 131 from 177 balls - including three sixes and 11 fours - before Notts declared their second innings on 289-7, with David Hussey also making a quick-fire 74.
Earlier, Lancashire were bowled out in their first innings for 285, with veteran all-rounder Mark Ealham (5-31) mopping up the tail after Ryan Sidebottom had claimed Luke Sutton and Glen Chapple - the Lancashire skipper reaching an entertaining 50 off 67 balls.
With a lead of 103, the home side only managed to add 11 before Will Jefferson was bowled by Oliver Newby. Wagh increased the run-rate after lunch, although he did see partner Bilal Shafayat perish to Gary Keedy.
Samit Patel was trapped leg before to Kyle Hogg, but Hussey then thumped 10 fours and a six in a fourth-wicket stand of 141 with Wagh.
The Australian hit an enormous straight six before being bowled by Chapple and the innings lost much of its momentum from there on in, with Ali Brown, Wagh and Ealham all falling before the declaration finally arrived.
Wagh was then involved in the field at the start of Lancashire's innings, running out Paul Horton as the visitors closed on 22 for one, needing another 371 to win.
Mal Loye struck his highest LV County Championship score in more than two years to keep Lancashire in with a fighting chance of victory against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
Loye, who last hit a Championship hundred in April 2007 against Warwickshire, crafted a watchful 84 from 191 balls as Lancashire crawled to 237-6 in response to the home side's 388 all out.
Peter Moores' men were frustrated for the majority of the morning session by England hopeful Ryan Sidebottom, who made a stubborn 46 to edge Notts towards maximum batting points.
However the left-hander was denied just his second career half-century when he was clean bowled attempting to hit Lancashire paceman Oliver Newby out of the ground.
Notts beautifully exploited the swinging conditions on a slow pitch and seamer Darren Pattinson got his reward in the fourth over when Paul Horton's loose waft ended with an edge through to Ali Brown at first slip.
A change of bowling then saw Mark Ealham claim the first of his three scalps when Karl Brown moved across his stumps and was trapped lbw for just three off 33 balls.
Overseas recruit VVS Laxman and Loye put Lancashire back on track with a 81-run stand for the third wicket before the medium pace of Ealham struck again.
Classy Indian Laxman could only mis-hit his cut to Bilal Shafayat for 30 and the evergreen Ealham followed up that key dismissal by having Mark Chilton leg before for five.
Promising all-rounder Steven Croft dug in to offer support for Loye past tea, however the latter was dismissed 14 runs short of his century when he was clean bowled by Samit Patel early in the final session
Croft made 25 before he fell to Charlie Shreck, but Luke Sutton and Glen Chapple added 51 off 82 balls to reach the close, with Sutton unbeaten on 25 and Chapple 39 not out, to leave the game intriguingly poised.
David Hussey marked his first LV County Championship appearance of the season with a crucial hundred to help rescue Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
The Australian's 126 from 145 balls was the major innings in the hosts' total of 369-9 on the opening day of their Division One clash with Lancashire.
Having chosen to bat first, Notts - who had been cleared to include seamer Ryan Sidebottom in their side - slumped to 116-4 in the opening session.
All-rounder Steven Croft picked up two wickets for the Red Rose county, including removing Mark Wagh for 40.
However, Hussey - who was given a let-off on 45 when Mal Loye spilled a chance at backward point - combined with Ali Brown (54) to put on a fifth-wicket stand of 170.
Sidebottom, allowed to play for his county by England management, kept the runs flowing, though, reaching the end of the day on 35 not out - his highest first-class score in eight years.