Simon Kerrigan believes Lancashire are still well in the hunt against Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay despite being bowled out for 123 during the first two sessions of their latest LV= County Championship Division Two match.
The left-arm spinner struck once as the hosts were restricted to 110-4 from 41 overs at close, with England swing bowler Jimmy Anderson taking the other three either side of the tea break to finish with 3-28 from 15 overs.
After winning the toss, the Red Rose lost five wickets in the morning and afternoon sessions, including their last five for 27 in a little over an hour after lunch of a pulsating day of four-day cricket.
Only four Red Rose batsmen reached double figures, including opener Luke Procter’s top-score of 26. Glamorgan seam duo Michael Hogan and John Glover picked up three wickets each.
In fact, Kerrigan only bowled one over today from the Penrhyn Avenue End of the ground before being taken off by captain Glen Chapple. It proved a masterstroke as his replacement, Anderson, struck immediately.
Murray Goodwin and Jim Allenby will resume tomorrow morning on 16 and 10 not out respectively.
Kerrigan said: “It didn’t go according to plan, but we battled hard and won the last session. If we win the first two sessions of day two, then we are right back in the game. There is a long way to go.
“It was strange this morning. I was sat up on the pavilion balcony thinking I would be up there for a long time. I don’t know what it was. We prepared well yesterday, but it just didn’t seem to go for us this morning.
“We bounced back really well. Things could have gone differently, they could have been 100-1 at the end of play, so we are proud of our efforts there. We have to be relentless and not give up.
“The ball swung this morning, which was the main problem for our batsmen. Traditionally the pitch is pretty flat here.”
Paul Horton was the first to depart when he left the second ball of the day alone outside off-stump from Hogan, only to see it clip the stumps having maybe hit the flap of his pad on the way, leaving the score at 0-1.
Karl Brown followed shortly afterwards, also bowled by the 31-year-old as he attempted to drive, before Ashwell Prince and fellow left-hander Procter steadied the ship from 14-2 with a stand of 40, the highest of the innings.
Procter, however, fell in the 22nd over when trapped lbw by Allenby, and Prince followed the same way to the tall and wiry Mike Reed for 17 as the Red Rose slipped to 54-4 in the 23rd. Both men fell in the space of seven balls.
Steven Croft was superbly caught by Goodwin at mid-wicket, who took the ball above his head diving, when aiming a pull at Reed, and the visitors were reeling in decent batting conditions on 66-5. They went into lunch having added another 20.
With Simon Katich still at the crease and plenty of batting to come down the order, the Red Rose would have been confident of a recovery to somewhere in the region of 200. But any of those thoughts were soon eliminated.
Gareth Cross went lbw to Glover for nine towards the end of the fourth over after lunch, the 36th of the innings, before Katich fell caught behind by Glamorgan captain Mark Wallace to the same bowler for 19, the second best score of a forgettable innings.
And when Kyle Hogg was trapped lbw by Glover, the fourth lbw of the innings, Lancashire were 103-8 in the 40th. Glover’s three wickets came in three consecutive overs, the 36th, 38th and 40th.
Chapple then edged Hogan to Allenby at first slip before Anderson and Kerrigan added a determined 20 for the last wicket. But Kerrigan fell to Marcus North’s off-spin to wrap up the innings. He was caught by Allenby at slip off only North’s second ball.
Anderson and Chapple bowled 11 and 10-over opening spells respectively, with the former getting Ben Wright caught behind and bowling Stewart Walters in his first spell.
After Prince and Croft dropped catches in the slips, Kerrigan struck with the fourth ball of his only over, Will Bragg falling lbw for 34. Bragg had earlier survived a run out appeal on 12 when Croft threw down the stumps, but umpire Tim Robinson judged that the batsman was taking evasive action and ruled it not out.
Anderson then removed North the same way before Glamorgan edged beyond three figures ahead of day two.
Kerrigan added: “We have talked about not trying to chase the game too much. It is an easy temptation to do. But if we can squeeze and put the pressure on them, our bowlers are going to bowl enough good balls to create chances and get wickets.”
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