Nottinghamshire’s Second XI remained top of the table after seeing off second-placed Lancashire by one wicket in their Trophy match in Crosby.

After winning the toss and electing to field, Notts reduced Lancs to 29-2 after seven overs. Hutton struck first in the fourth, bowling Reece before Jake Ball had Agathangelou caught behind by keeper Cross in the seventh.

Davies and Livingstone saw the score pass fifty before Graeme White bowled the former with his first delivery. It took ten overs before another wicket came, and it was a second for White, Livingstone caught in the deep by Luke Wood for 41, the home side 111-4.

Lancashire lost their last six wickets for 41 runs, thanks in no small part to the bowling of Sam Wood. First he accounted for Wayne White (34), then Bailey (5) before Griffiths (1) followed suit.

White then took his third, a cool caught and bowled to see off Newby. Brett Hutton joined in and bowled Ughradar, before Tillcock ran out Ghaus for 4 to see the innings conclude on 152 in the 38th over. Sam Wood finished with an excellent 3-7, White 3-39.

Notts’ reply was solid, reaching 60 before Kelsall was caught in the slips off Ghaus. The same bowler then chipped through the order, having Cross (48), Rowe (5), Wessels (12) and Wood (2) all caught by the 24th over, the score 95-5. White departed for no runs, and after Tillcock gave Ghaus his sixth, Notts were wobbling on 100-7. 

Hutton then dug in, supported first by Bacon who was caught on 8, and then Jake Ball whose 27 helped to steer Notts to 149. Last man Luke Wood navigated the final two balls of the 38th, before the umpires decided the match. As a result of Lancs’ slow over rate, Notts were awarded six runs, winning the match by one wicket.

Ghaus took an excellent 6-33 off his eight overs, and the victory means Nottinghamshire retain top spot in the group ahead of their final fixture against Yorkshire in two weeks time