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Wayne White took five wickets as Lancashire's bowlers prospered against Sussex in the desert sun today.

White was the main benefactor from a full day’s bowling by taking five wickets to restrict the Hove outfit to 259-11 from 90 overs in reply to 301-12 on day two of two at the ICC’s Global Cricket Academy in Dubai.

White, the former Leicestershire all-rounder, set about a fiery burst either side of tea to capture all of his wickets for the addition for just 11 runs in seven overs as Sussex slipped from 137-4 to 183-10.

Their struggles mirrored those of Lancashire’s with the bat yesterday afternoon. But, whilst the Red Rose managed to dominate after tea, Sussex did not have quite as much joy. Ben Brown did, however, finish unbeaten on 57.

Kyle Hogg (2-18 from ten overs) and Stephen Parry (2-57 from 20) also took two wickets apiece, while Steven Croft struck. Chris Nash and Ed Joyce hit 51 and 50 respectively. White finished with 5-34 from 12 overs on his first outing with the red ball for his new county.

Lancashire improved as the day went on, enjoying most of their success between lunch and tea after reassessing their game plan, according to the 27-year-old from Derby.

“Sussex are a very good side with some quality batters. To bowl them out in 90 overs in these conditions is a good indication that we’re heading in the right direction,” he said. “It was a tale of two spells really. We didn’t realise how flat it was in the first session, and we discussed where we wanted to bowl and set ourselves up for the hard work later in the day.

“Stephen Parry’s bowled well all day into the wind, and myself, Chappie, Hoggy and Luke Procter put in some decent spells as well to back him. It was a really good test for us, which will stand us in good stead.” 

After Hogg picked up the early wicket of Luke Wells, caught at square-leg by Stephen Moore, White was into the action by helping Parry get rid of Nash with a catch at mid-on, leaving the score at 73-2 in the 24th over.

Croft had Mike Yardy trapped lbw with just his fourth ball in the penultimate over before lunch, the 29th, before Parry trapped Rory Hamilton-Brown lbw in the 34th as the score read 97-4.

After another 15 overs went by, the wickets started to tumble. Hogg bowled Matt Machin before White trapped Joe Gatting lbw. He then had Joyce, Chris Jordan and James Anyon all caught behind by Gareth Cross before bowling Andrew Miller to take his side’s tenth wicket.

Brown and Wells then added 76 for the eleventh wicket against bowlers such as Arron Lilley, Gavin Griffiths and Luis Reece, who all entered the fray late on. The latter was run out by Andrea Agathangelou in the covers after a mid-pitch mix up to signal the close of play.

The only disappointments for Lancashire were injuries to Oliver Newby (tweaked right hamstring) and Tom Smith (back spasm). Both are expected to return to action in time for the start of the LV= County Championship on April 10.

Lancashire round off their tour with a 40-over match against the same opponents at the same venue tomorrow morning (6.30am UK).

Day 1 Report

Graham Hardcastle
Photo: Paul Holliday/LCCC