Jackson Bird seeking early Nottinghamshire wickets as Lancashire seize the advantage

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Bowler Jackson Bird feels Nottinghamshire did well to limit Lancashire’s advantage following the close of day two of their Division One match at Emirates Old Trafford.

At close of play Lancashire were 311/8, giving the home side what is already a very valuable 69-run first-innings lead with power to add on Tuesday morning.

Bird said: “Obviously it’s a pretty flat wicket but I thought we did well to contain them.

“After the new ball lost its shine it was tough work and it was disappointing we couldn’t break that partnership at the end of the day. Once it got soft there wasn’t much bounce or movement at all.

“They’re only 69 ahead so hopefully we can get these last two wickets early tomorrow and then bat well.

“We can still get a positive result in this game, hopefully the wicket will start to go up and down and maybe reverse swing will come into it. If we can get a reasonable lead, you never know on day four.”

The Old Trafford side were boosted following an unbeaten ninth wicket partnership between Liam Livingstone and Jarvis of 62.

Livingstone said: “We’ve looked at trying to take the pressure off ourselves by building partnerships and that’s one thing we’ve really concentrated on.

“There’s still two days left in the game so we’re looking at building as big a lead as we can, so that we can set attacking fields in their second innings. Hopefully we can bowl well tomorrow afternoon and try and get them in trouble.

“A lot’s been said that we’ve got a young squad but that doesn’t mean that we’re not talented enough to fill the gap left by Ashwell Prince.

“We’re all working hard to try and prove people wrong. We’ve all got confidence in each other and having done it in the T20s last year takes some pressure off me.

“I found out I was going to play on Friday afternoon. It’s been a very good day for me but also for the team. We’re in a strong position and hopefully we can push on tomorrow.”