Ashwell Prince notched his third consecutive LV County Championship score of 50 or more for Lancashire today, but Notts have seized control after the first day.
The left-handed overseas batsman hit 74 off 124 balls on the back of 56 and 91 not out at Sussex, but Lancashire were bowled out for just 189 thanks in the main to four wickets from former New Zealand all-rounder Andre Adams. [Scorecard]
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Lancashire captain Glen Chapple won the toss and elected to bat, but only Steven Croft’s 31 and Francois du Plessis (24) provided any notable resistance.
England bowler Ryan Sidebottom, who is playing his first professional game following seven weeks out after Achilles surgery, finished with figures of 2-48 from 18 overs. Adams compiled figures of 4-49 from 19.
Oliver Newby grabbed the wicket of Alex Hales as Notts were 52-1 after 21 overs of their reply at close.
“We were disappointed with it,” said coach Peter Moores of the batting effort. “It was a difficult decision whether to bat or bowl because we knew there would be a bit of moisture around.
“In fairness to the Notts boys they bowled well. They caught their catches too, which is also important. I thought Adams bowled well, he bowled the right length. Sidebottom pitched the ball up, he gave it every chance to swing.”
Sidebottom struck as early as the seventh over of the match when he trapped Horton lbw for six. Prince, who spent a brief spell as Nottinghamshire’s overseas player last summer, then hit debutant Luke Fletcher for two fours in the next over.
But three overs later Sidebottom grabbed his second wicket, and his second lbw, when he removed Tom Smith for four. Prince and du Plessis combined to build the Lancashire recovery from 22-2, putting on another 43 runs before lunch.
Prince helped 16 runs off Sidebottom’s first over after lunch, hitting three boundaries off the bat and the other was four leg-byes. But Adams forced du Plessis to drive loosely to Alistair Brown at second slip in the 36th over of the day to leave Lancs 86-3.
Adams then uprooted Mark Chilton’s middle stump to leave Lancs at 96-4, but Prince brought up his fifty, off 103 balls with seven fours, in the 48th over.
Things got even better for the left-hander when he lofted Swann over mid-on in the off-spinner’s first over, but he was on his way in the next over after being caught at first slip by Adam Voges off the bowling off Paul Franks (160-5).
“Ashwell played well. He leaves well, he played the ball late. If it does seam and swing he has every chance to see it. He needed all of his skill today,” continued Moores.
It was soon 172-6 because Steven Croft’s promising knock was ended by Swann when he edged a drive to Brown at first slip. Chapple whacked Adams through the covers for four in the second over after tea, but was caught behind in the same over for 180-7.
Fletcher grabbed his maiden Championship wicket three overs later, in the 69th over, when Kyle Hogg was brilliantly caught one handed at second slip by Brown to leave the score 181-8.
Adams grabbed his fourth in the next over when Luke Sutton was caught behind by Chris Read, and Fletcher finished Lancashire off with Gary Keedy getting a leading edge to Franks at mid-on.
Newby bowled Hales for 17 in the 15th over of the visitors’ reply to reduce them to 29-1, but Bilal Shafayat and Mark Wagh will resume tomorrow morning unbeaten on 12 and 17 respectively.
“We are going to have to bowl well, but we don’t want to chase the game either. We can’t go trying to get a wicket every ball because that won’t work. They have all got to work as a unit. It is the sort of wicket where if you lose one, you can lose two or three,” added Moores.
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