Both good teams. Both good teams who wait until six wickets are down before scoring any runs. So far Lancashire are having the better of things, bowling Nottinghamshire out for 169 before producing a staggeringly huge 48-run opening stand. Our man Paul Horton still stands a chance of top-scoring for Lancashire, even though he was out for 24.
Despite the presence of Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann, we expect the Nottinghamshire wickets column to be dominated by Andre Adams – because it almost always is. He and Lancashire’s Glen Chapple have much in common. They don’t have much international experience and seem better players the deeper they get into their thirties. They make county cricket seem like a ‘dads v lads’ match where the dads are going all-out for victory.
Hurray for wily old gnarl-dogs. James Taylor’s dismissal by Glen Chapple must rank as the most inevitable of the season.