A great team effort by Lancashire was the feature of the second day at Hove in the LV County Championship.
Lancashire were indebted to James Anderson, Glen Chapple, Mark Chilton, Ashwell Prince and Steven Croft as they all stuck their hands up to help the county into a solid position at the end of today’s play against Sussex.
Anderson, who took the lead role on day one with three wickets, completed figures of 6-56 from 32 overs to help bowl the hosts out for 289 before lunch. Captain Chapple finished with 4-69 from 31 overs to give Lancashire the three maximum bowling bonus points.
The Red Rose were then forced onto the back foot in reply at 2-2 and 31-3, but Chilton hit 72 not out, Croft 59 not out, and Ashwell Prince 56 to help the visitors to a commanding 209-4 at close. [Scorecard]
“We were in a little bit of trouble early on, the new ball did a bit,” said South African Prince, who reached his maiden half-century for the county off 87 balls. “We had to graft through that.”
Anderson completed his ninth haul of five wickets or more for Lancashire in County Championship cricket. He bowled Ed Joyce for 90, trapped Tom Smith lbw and bowled Robin Martin-Jenkins (67) with a perfect yorker.
Chapple trapped overseas all-rounder Damien Wright and Kolpak bowler Corey Collymore lbw. Tom Smith was the only other Lancashire bowler to bowl this morning.
Prince continued: “Jimmy did bowl well. He is a class performer, an international. He showed that today. He was the stand-out bowler, but the other guys supported him well. The captain, Tommy Smith, Sajid (Mahmood), they all bowled well.”
As soon as Sussex were bowled out, Smith was back in the middle in his new role as opener with Paul Horton. He wasn’t there for too long, though, because he was caught behind by Matt Prior in the first over of the innings – the last before lunch – off the bowling of Collymore.
Horton was trapped lbw by Collymore in the first over after lunch to reduce the score to 2-2, and Francois du Plessis was later neatly caught behind by Prior off the bowling of Martin-Jenkins for just six. That left the score at 31-3 in the 14th over.
Prince was in the process of rescuing things with Chilton, but the pair’s fourth wicket stand of 71 was ended in the over before tea when the left-hander chopped onto his stumps attempting to cut England one-day all-rounder Luke Wright.
Prince hit seven boundaries in his 97-ball stay at the crease. He said: “After getting to 50 myself, I was disappointed to get out after that. I am pleased, but I am also very disappointed that I didn’t convert it.
“I am only here for a brief time, so I want to make as big an impact as is possible. A hundred on debut would have been great. It was there for the taking too. But it is more important for the team to do well. Hopefully we can drive it home tomorrow.”
Prince was in a much better mood at close of play than he surely would have been at the tea break because he was able to sit back and watch Chilton and Croft share an unbroken fifth wicket stand of 107 to advance Lancashire from 102-4.
The pair batted right the way through the evening session, bringing up their half-centuries. Chilton reached his off 127 balls, Croft’s was off 82.
With Lancashire going into tomorrow’s third day still 80 runs behind, but with six wickets in the tent, Ashwell added: “To try and get 80 or 100 runs lead would be great. The guys have built a big partnership, and the key is to keep on building.”
[Day 1 Report]
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