James Anderson believes Kent's first innings score of 244 is below par and feels Lancashire can still force a win in their rain-hit LV= County Championship Division Two match at Emirates Old Trafford.
Lancashire closed day two on 43-2 in their first innings with nightwatchman Anderson and Karl Brown at the crease after 55 overs were lost due to the weather.
But Anderson, who claimed the final two Kent wickets this morning to finish with 4-57, believes Lancashire have the batting firepower to force a result.
“It has been frustrating with the rain but I thought we did well to bowl them out for as cheaply as we did,” said the 30-year-old.
“There was a bit in the wicket on day one, but all-in-all it is a good batting pitch. It was crucial we not only got our third bowling point but also to try and keep them to below 250, which we did, so we are pretty happy.
“In fact, I think 244 is a below par score. If you bat well you can get runs, if you bowl well you get rewards. It is a good cricket pitch and, hopefully, we can score some big runs now.
“If Karl and myself can get through the tricky early period tomorrow, the batsmen we have got to come can easily accelerate the innings. That’s the plan.
“We have some serious players to come in behind us and we want to make it as easy for Simon Katich, Ashwell Prince and Steven Croft as we can. I think 300-plus is possible on this pitch.”
Anderson bowled both Mark Davies and James Tredwell (40) as Kent – who resumed on 216-8 – lost their final two wickets in just five overs this morning.
But Lancashire found runs hard to come by either side of the rain break – which wiped out the entire afternoon session - with tight bowling from Kent seamers Darren Stevens, Matt Coles, Davies and Charlie Shreck.
Opener Luke Procter fell for nine after a good catch by James Tredwell at first slip off the bowling of Stevens.
And then fellow opener Paul Horton, whose 15 came off 92 balls, left a delivery from Coles which clipped the top of off stump. But Brown played patiently and will resume in the morning unbeaten on 11 alongside Anderson.
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