Sam Northeast praised his counter-attacking top-order partners Ben Duckett and Joe Clarke after sharing partnerships worth 75 and 67 with the pair on day one of the LV= Insurance County Championship fixture against Lancashire.

Northeast, playing his first match in Green and Gold at Trent Bridge, top scored with 65 after entering the fray with Notts 22 for one. His partnerships with Duckett and Clarke guided Notts to 164 for three. 

It lay a foundation for the hosts who finished on 272 following a flurry of late-middle order wickets, but seamer Brett Hutton took advantage of a tricky 11 over spell before close, claiming the wickets of Alex Davies and Luke Wells, to leave the visitors trailing by 244 with eight wickets in hand.