County Championship: Lancashire make good begin in chasing 444 to beat Nottinghamshire

George Balderson

Lancashire batsman George Balderson is playing just his eighth first-class game
LV= County Championship Division One, Trent Bridge (day three):
Nottinghamshire 272 & 339-8 dec: Moores 97, James 91; Bailey 3-84
Lancashire 168 & 115-1: Wells 57*, Balderson 45*
Lancashire (3 pts) need 329 more runs to beat Notts (5 pts)

Lancashire made a good start in their pursuit of 444 to beat Nottinghamshire as they closed day three on 115-1.

The hosts declared on 339-8 having resumed on 127-5 to set Lancashire a huge target at Trent Bridge.

Tom Moores (97) and Lyndon James (91) fell short of centuries after putting on 176 for the sixth wicket.

Alex Davies was out first ball in Lancashire’s second innings but Luke Wells (57 not out) and George Balderson (45 not out) took them to stumps.

With 329 still required for victory it would take an extraordinary effort on the final day for Lancashire to reach 444.

But with a sunny day forecast, nine wickets in hand and a flat Nottingham pitch they will feel…