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Enthralling first day against Notts
Enthralling first day against Notts
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Sajid Mahmood led the way as Lancashire bowled Notts out for 326 during an enthralling opening day of their LV= County Championship match at Trent Bridge

Above: Kyle Hogg claims the early wicket of Neil Edwards

The 29 year-old fast bowler continued his impressive run of form since returning from three weeks out with a hip flexor injury.

Having taken four wickets in his side’s last two Twenty20 matches against Yorkshire and Warwickshire, he finished with 5-112 from 22 overs.

Kyle Hogg backed him up well with 4-75 from 22 overs, although both men’s figures were spoilt by a late blitz of 43 off 27 balls from Andre Adams, who hit five sixes and two boundaries.

After Chris Read elected to bat first, the visitors would probably have accepted 326. But it could have been far better because the reigning champions were wobbling at 138-6 during the opening hour of the afternoon session.

Lancashire later closed the day on 7-0 after two overs on their reply, with openers Paul Horton and Stephen Moore at the crease.

It was a day that left captain Mark Chilton, standing in for the injured Glen Chapple, unsure as to who holds the upper hand going into tomorrow’s second day.

“It was a good and bad day,” said Chilton. “We will have to see how we get on with bat. Time will tell, but I’m not quite sure where we are at the minute.

“I feel a bit deflated really because it’s never a nice scenario to go through when somebody’s smashing a few towards the end. A score of 280 or 290, we’d have been really happy with.”

Read and Paul Franks, who top-scored with 69 off 155 balls, shared 135 inside 46 overs for the seventh wicket to recover the situation and give the hosts a platform to get above 300.

Uneven bounce was prominent for the majority of the day, and it will no doubt become more obvious as the game wears on.

“I think it will do a bit,” continued Chilton. “There’s definitely some variation in bounce out there. I certainly don’t think it’s a flat wicket, and we’re going to have to work hard with the bat.”

Mahmood bowled with ferocity and accuracy for large parts, but became less effective when he bowled shorter at Read, Franks and the lower order.

His was unfortunate to go for as many as did, but big-hitting New Zealander Adams hit him for two sixes in a late burst.

Chilton said: “I don’t quite know where those runs went. I thought he bowled really well. To come away with an economy rate just over five doesn’t seem to do him justice. I thought he bowled a great spell after lunch in particular, and he was pretty fierce.”

Mahmood picked up the wickets of Rikki Wessels, David Hussey and Samit Patel, Read and Franks.

He had Wessels caught at long-leg by Farveez Maharoof as the South African tried to hook the new ball and returned after lunch to get Hussey caught behind by Gareth Cross with a lifter and Patel (52) caught at first slip by Horton as he tried to force off the back foot.

He returned with the second new ball to get Read caught behind for 58 and Franks lbw in the space of five balls.

Adams hit five sixes and two fours in a brutal 43 off 24 balls, but was last man out to Tom Smith in the 92nd over. 

Hogg had Neil Edwards caught behind in the third over of the day, Alex Hales (51) caught at short cover by Chilton, Steven Mullaney caught at first slip by Horton and Luke Fletcher caught and bowled.

Chilton added: “Since Hoggy came back at the Rose Bowl (last month), he’s been hitting really good areas and getting a bit out of the wickets he’s played on. It was just a bit of a nightmare towards the end of the day.”

Graham Hardcastle
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