Nottinghamshire’s opening batsman Steven Mullaney has enjoyed his time at Liverpool Cricket Club in Aigburth so far this week.

After playing a considered and tactical innings on Day Two of Nottinghamshire’s LV= County Championship fixture against Lancashire, he was unfortunate to be given out lbw to Tom Smith for 82.

When discussing his innings, Mullaney reflects on his performance as a positive one.

“I got dropped early in my innings and I had to cash in,” he said.

“I made sure it was a decent ball that got me out. I played my shots when I thought I could get something from them but I knew Lancashire wanted wickets so I was cautious about how I played to delay any opportunities on their part.

“Tom’s a good bowler, he’s picked up a lot of wickets this year. The ball that got me out was a perfect example of how he uses the seam, I don’t feel like I did anything to get myself out it was just good bowling’ he said.

Confident in his renewed place at the top of the order, Mullaney is relishing the responsibilities that come with opening the order.

“Being at the top is something I enjoy doing and want to continue doing for Notts,” he said.

“Our batting has come on a lot, the start of the season was perhaps more bowler-friendly but it’s good to know we’re making solid contributions to the team effort at this crucial time in the season’ he commented.

Mullaney’s addition to the Notts total on Day Two was the highest contribution of the day and helped them take the lead before Tea. However, a lower order collapse and an early-finish because of bad light lead made the day a frustrating one for the visitors. Mullaney is hopeful that success is still there for the taking.

“There’s definitely a result in this game,” he added.

“If we can bowl well tomorrow, the first hour will be crucial, then follow that up with our best batting there’s no reason why we can’t win here.”