|Bob Willis Trophy, Trent Bridge (day one):|
|Notts 268-2: Duckett 116, Slater 111*|
|Lancashire: Yet to bat|
|Notts 2 pts, Lancs 0 pts|
Centuries by Ben Slater and Ben Duckett ensured that Nottinghamshire dominated the first day of their Bob Willis Trophy match against Lancashire at Trent Bridge.
By the time defective light ended play 18.4 overs early the home facet maintain been 268 for two with Slater 111 now not out and Joe Clarke unbeaten on four.
On the opposite hand, the centre-piece of the day changed into the 178-breeze partnership between Slater and Duckett, a stand which has left Steven Mullaney’s team effectively placed to put up a ambitious total on this game after presumably their supreme three sessions of a truncated season.
Slater, who made a profession-supreme 172 against Lancashire apt 12 days earlier than whereas on mortgage with Leicestershire, reached his 2d century in 5 innings off 194 balls, 14 of which he had hit to the boundary.
However the opener changed into nothing like as fluent throughout the afternoon – he had reached his fifty off 63 deliveries earlier than lunch – and it changed into left to Duckett to push the fetch collectively alongside with his customary sweeps and cuts throughout a 2d session when Lancashire’s bowlers went wicketless.
The used Northamptonshire batsman reached his fifty off 69 balls with seven fours, even though he changed into virtually caught when edging Tom Bailey to the ethical of Keaton Jennings at 2d lope.
On the opposite hand, four balls after Slater reached three figures, Duckett carried out the identical landmark off 139 balls with 16 fours when he clipped Bailey to the fence at sq. leg.
Four overs later Duckett changed into leg earlier than wicket for 116 when having fun with throughout the road to Bailey but these first two and relatively sessions can maintain been very welcome to Mullaney’s team, who maintain been requested to bat first on a comparatively cloudy morning.
The dwelling batsmen will now scrutinize to put up a dazzling total and bat handiest once in a game which appears seemingly to be interrupted by rain over the subsequent three days.
The handiest batsman to be brushed apart within the morning session changed into the used Lancashire opener, Haseeb Hameed, who placed on 78 in virtually 90 minutes with Slater and had made 22 when he changed into leg earlier than wicket to George Balderson when attempting to work a valid dimension ball to leg.
That success apart, Lancashire’s traipse bowlers didn’t invent the most of the stipulations, with Luke Wood up to now wicketless on his return to the county he left final autumn.
Nottinghamshire opener Ben Slater:
“I had a valid couple of weeks with Leicestershire. It changed into good to glean a probability to exit on mortgage and I’m grateful for the different.
“I obtained time at the crease in that first game and or now not it is stood me in valid stead. It appears like I revel in having fun with against Lancashire. In case you’d equipped me two hundreds against Lancashire two weeks ago I’d maintain snapped your hand off.
Fellow Nottinghamshire centurion Ben Duckett:
“It be clearly good to fetch a hundred, my first here at Trent Bridge. I obtained relatively of success early on and it changed into elegant to cash in and invent them pay.
“I have been working all iciness with the coaches and I’ve apt needed to persist with my strengths and think success will attain. I’m so pleased it has.”
Lancashire captain Dane Vilas:
“It changed into an extraordinarily refined day and relatively disappointing to be apt. We anticipated relatively extra after we obtained the toss and and opted to bowl first
“With a contemporary pitch and the quality of our bowlers within the overhead stipulations we conception it changed into supreme to bowl first.
“However it didn’t work out for us and the Nottinghamshire guys batted effectively.”
Document equipped by PA Media.