There were half-centuries for Ben Duckett, Sam Northeast and Joe Clarke on the opening day of the LV=Insurance County Championship clash between Nottinghamshire and Lancashire, as the Green and Golds posted 272 and claimed wickets late in the day.

Group One winners Notts imposed themselves on the first two sessions, but Lancashire fought back, the hosts losing five wickets for 19 runs either side of tea before Luke Fletcher led a one-man rally, helping the last two wickets add 42.

Lancashire will have work to do on the second day, however, after closing on 28 for two, having lost Alex Davies, who was caught behind without scoring, and Luke Wells, well held at short leg, both off the bowling of Brett Hutton.

On what looked like a seamer-friendly pitch, Nottinghamshire lost only one wicket for 97 before lunch and were 211 for four at tea, yet will feel satisfied with their total after being asked to bat first.

Duckett, who survived a chance to wicketkeeper George Lavelle on 55, added only four when he offered a catch to mid-off soon after lunch as Lamb gained his first success.

Danny Lamb also dismissed Clarke - dropped by Lavelle off Bailey on 26 - who passed fifty for the seventh time this season only to be leg before for 54. 

Northeast drove nicely to pick up 11 fours on his home debut, but edged behind off Bailey, who struck again on the stroke of tea when Lyndon James drove straight to cover.  

After tea, Lancashire's Saqib Mahmood left the field with an injury, the second suffered by a Lancashire bowler. Steven Croft - picked ahead of leg-spinner Callum Parkinson - damaged a hand fielding in the slips in the third over and could not bowl until midway through the final session. 

After Clarke’s departure, George Balderson had Steven Mullaney caught at first slip, then Lamb picked up two more as Liam Patterson-White was superbly taken at second slip and Hutton caught behind.  Tom Moores was leg before trying to paddle Wells but Fletcher hit four fours and a six in adding 27 before he was caught on the midwicket boundary.