LV County Championship - Division One
Lancashire 189 (A G Prince 74, A R Adams 4-49) & 230-3 (A G Prince 135 no, M J Chilton 56 no) v Nottinghamshire 367-9 dec (A C Voges 95, C M W Read 63, P J Franks 51)
Lancashire (7pts) drew with Nottinghamshire (11pts)
Ashwell Prince earned Lancashire a draw against Nottinghamshire with his first century for the county.
The South African finished unbeaten on 135 as the hosts batted throughout the final day at Old Trafford to earn a stalemate.
Having resumed on 1-0 in their second innings, still 177 behind, Lancashire looked doomed when they quickly slumped to 39-3.
Nottinghamshire seamer Luke Fletcher (2-33), making his championship debut, trapped both Tom Smith (7) and Francois du Plessis (4) lbw, while Ryan Sidebottom (1-54) had Paul Horton (14) caught behind.
But Prince shared an unbroken fourth-wicket partnership of 191 with Mark Chilton (56no) to help Lancashire to 230-3, an overall lead of 52, at which point they declared to bring the contest to a premature halt just before 5pm.
Prince's 189-ball innings continued his rich vein of form in the championship for the Red Rose county with a run of scores that reads 56, 91 not out, 74 and 135 not out. He also moved past 10,000 first-class runs during his unbeaten ton.
The left-hander will make way for VVS Laxman as Lancashire's overseas player at the end of May once the Indian has completed his IPL commitments.
Nottinghamshire were led by Australian Adam Voges on the final day after captain Chris Read left Manchester on Friday night to attend the birth of his first child.
Nottinghamshire were left frustrated at Old Trafford as 67 overs were lost to the weather on day three of their match with Lancashire.
Chris Read and Paul Franks both recorded half-centuries and Andre Adams hit a lusty 32-ball 33 for the Outlaws who declared on 367-9 just before the close.
Read reached his fifty in the very first over of the day, but was run out by a sharp bit of fielding from Francois du Plessis 10 overs later for 63.
Franks was caught behind by Luke Sutton in the next over as he got a top edge attempting to pull Kyle Hogg (one for 52 from 26 overs).
Adams was then caught at long-on by Du Plessis off Tom Smith to leave his side at 353 for nine and they added a further 14 runs before declaring.
Smith (one not out) and Paul Horton then survived the only over of Lancashire's second innings with a clearer forecast expected in the Manchester area for the final day.
Adam Voges' 95 kept Nottinghamshire in control of their LV County Championship match against Lancashire at Old Trafford.
The Australian faced 174 balls as the visitors reached stumps of day two at 263-6 in their first innings, a lead of 74.
When Voges departed three overs before tea, trapped lbw by Oliver Newby, to leave the score at 218-5, Lancashire looked poised for a fightback, but Chris Read's 48 not out ensured Nottinghamshire retained the initiative.
Bad light meant 20 overs of the allotted 96 were lost, while seam bowler Newby, making his first appearance of the season because James Anderson was available, finished the day with 3-79 from 23 overs.
Glen Chapple and Newby claimed the two wickets to fall in the morning session, the first of which was Mark Wagh bowled for 17 by the Lancashire captain.
Voges looked unflustered from the moment he arrived at the crease with his side 63-2 in the 27th over but Bilal Shafayat was getting bogged down.
And the former England Under-19 skipper was undone by a bit of extra bounce from Newby as he fended to Steven Croft at third slip having faced 117 balls for 34.
Voges, who had earlier hit seamer Tom Smith for three fours in an over, and Alistair Brown put on another 24 runs before lunch.
He reached his fifty off 109 balls in the 53rd over, five overs after lunch, but Brown (21) was the fourth man out when caught at first slip by Paul Horton off Smith.
Voges and captain Read added 67 for the fourth wicket before the former had his knock ended just before the tea break.
England off-spinner Graeme Swann was dropped by a diving Luke Sutton off his first ball, much to Newby's frustration, but it was not a costly drop because Chapple removed Swann in the over before tea when Horton claimed his second catch of the innings.
Although Nottinghamshire, who were 221-6 at tea, led by 32 runs on a tough pitch they would have been hoping to be in a better position having been 221-4.
Kyle Hogg dropped Read at mid-on off Chapple shortly after tea and then saw the batsman flash two consecutive fours. Read continued through to the close in the company Paul Franks (22no).
England seamer Ryan Sidebottom made an encouraging return to action at Old Trafford as Nottinghamshire took command on day one against Lancashire.
The 31-year-old claimed two wickets as the hosts were bowled out for a below-par 189 with Notts reaching 52-1 in reply.
Playing first-class cricket for the first time since the beginning of March, Sidebottom finished with of 2-48 from 18 overs claiming the scalps of Lancashire openers Paul Horton and Tom Smith.
However, he was outshone by former New Zealand all-rounder Andre Adams who tore through the hosts' middle-order, claiming figures of 4-49.
South Africa batsman Ashwell Prince was the mainstay of the Lancashire innings as he made 74 with Steven Croft providing the only other real support with 31 before being caught at slip off Graeme Swann.
Oliver Newby bowled Alex Hales for 17 in the 15th over of Notts' reply to reduce them to 29 for one, but Bilal Shafayat (12 not out) and Mark Wagh (17 not out) saw them through to the close without any further damage.