Experienced duo Glen Chapple and Gary Keedy claimed three wickets apiece as Lancashire gained some valuable time in the field on the second and final day of their friendly against Essex at the Weymouth ground, Barbados.
Lancashire had declared overnight on 328-6, but Essex got nowhere near that as they were skittled for just 183 inside 70 overs.
Chapple struck three early blows to reduce the Chelmsford side to 23-3 inside eleven overs, and the 36 year-old captained finished with miserly figures of 3-6 from seven. He had Billy Godleman caught in the gully by Steven Croft in the first over before forcing John Maunders and Tom Westley to nick off to Luke Sutton behind the stumps.
Keedy had Essex wicketkeeper James Foster caught at slip by Paul Horton, and wrapped up the game by bowling Tim Phillips (47) and having Tony Pallidino stumped by Gareth Cross in the same over. Cross had taken the gloves at tea.
Croft nipped in with the two wickets of top scorer Ryan ten Doeschate, who notched 51, and David Masters in a double wicket maiden, while Tom Smith also picked up a couple of scalps.
Lancashire coach Peter Moores said: “I liked the way we went about it because we bowled with real discipline and had real energy in the field. The captain mentioned that before the start of the game, and we looked a really professional outfit.
“What was also nice was that we had three other lads playing in the Combined (Counties) game (at Foursquare), so we managed to get 15 lads out of the squad playing some form of competitive cricket over the last couple of days.
“It’s been all about getting out in the middle and remembering how to bat and bowl for different periods of time. I thought all our seamers bowled well, but Chappie got the ball to do a bit up front. He assessed the conditions early on, and pitched it up.”
Smith bowled captain Mark Pettini and Jake Mickleburgh on the way to figures of 2-23 from eight overs, reducing Essex to 73-5 along the way. They recovered somewhat as ten Doeschate and Phillips shared a seventh wicket stand of 83, but four wickets fell for 16 runs to end the match early.
Ten Doeschate was brilliantly caught at cover by a diving Smith off the off-spin of Croft, who trapped Masters in front just a few balls later. Keedy finished it off by bowling Phillips and removing Palladino.
Keedy finished with 3-46 from 19.4, while Croft recorded 2-29 from eight. Moores added: “It was nice to see those two bowling together.”
Lancashire have a rest day tomorrow before facing a Barbados XI, expected to feature West Indies Test and one-day international all-rounder Ryan Hinds, in a Twenty20 match under lights at the Kensington Oval on Saturday. A win would see them through to Finals Day on Sunday.
Graham Hardcastle reporting from Barbados
Day 1 Report
Match Summary (all batsmen and bowlers in batting and bowling order)
Lancashire: 328-6 dec (90 overs). Smith 94, Moore 83, Horton 0, Chilton 23, Croft 65, Cross 43, Sutton 7 no, Chapple 0 no.
Masters 1-36 (12), Wright 1-50 (15), Phillips 0-94 (19), Chambers 0-26 (11), Palladino 1-37 (13), Westley 0-38 (9), ten Doeschate 3-39 (9), Mickleburgh 0-2 (2).
Essex: 183 (69.4 overs). Godleman 0, Maunders 4, Westley 14, Mickleburgh and Pettini both 24, Foster 1, ten Doeschate 51, Phillips 47, Masters 0, Wright 3 no, Palladino 0.
Chapple 3-6 (7), Mahmood 0-20 (10), Hogg 0-15 (8), Newby 0-34 (9), Smith 2-23 (8), Keedy 3-46 (19.4), Croft 2-29 (8).