Left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan said you dream of taking wickets like that after taking his maiden first-class wicket, that of England's Ian Bell, at Old Trafford today.
Kerrigan struck to help Lancashire gain the advantage after two days of their LV= County Championship clash with Warwickshire.
The 20 year-old debutant recorded an impressive 2-44 from 18 overs, and walked away with the pick of the figures as the visitors were bowled out for 254 in reply to the home side’s first innings 253 today.
Opener and new signing Stephen Moore then reached 43 not out as Lancashire closed on 84-2 from 25 overs of their second innings.
“I have reminded a few lads in the dressing room already that I got Ian Bell out!” chuckled the youngster from Preston, who will remember his maiden victim for some time. “It felt brilliant, and you dream of taking wickets like that.”
To be fair, Keggsy, as he’s known in the Old Trafford dressing room, should be giving Mark Chilton a big handshake for an outstanding reflex catch at short-leg. Chilton juggled the ball after Bell had clipped off his pads seemingly towards the square-leg boundary.
Kerrigan continued: “It was quite fortunate, but I’ll take it. It says ‘caught short-leg’ in the book, and I’ll be telling people in a few years that it was off an inside edge onto his pad. You could tell he (Bell) was at a different level today, he was timing everything so well.”
Bell, Jim Troughton and Rikki Clarke all chipped in as the visitors recovered from 28-4, but Jimmy Anderson, Glen Chapple and Tom Smith also picked up two wickets apiece. Skipper Chapple and England ace Anderson claimed three wickets between them to give Lancashire the perfect start with the ball in helpful conditions.
Chapple bowled Ian Westwood and Naqaash Tahir in the 12th over, sending stumps cart-wheeling on both occasions, before Anderson had England team-mate Jonathan Trott caught behind by Luke Sutton for a golden duck.
Bell top-scored with seven fours in his 47, and put on 104 for the fifth wicket with Troughton before the latter retired hurt on 44 with a migraine. Kerrigan then picked up his two quick wickets.
Bell was snaffled by the juggling Chilton, and then he had Tim Ambrose caught behind to leave the visitors at 162-6 in the 46th over.
Kerrigan continued: “I just wanted to bowl my first ball and get the nerves out of the way so I could do what I do best. It wasn’t really spinning, so it was a bonus to bowl 18 overs. I thought I would bowl just a couple of overs, but it was a great confidence boost that Chappie kept me on for a while.”
Kerrigan took six wickets in a pre-season match against Yorkshire, and said that helped him. He said: “It gave me confidence to know I can take wickets at this level, which I didn’t know last year because I was playing second team cricket. They (Peter Moores and Chapple) said I was easily good enough to play, and to back myself and do what I do when I play in the second team.”
Clarke, who hit four fours and a six in a counter-attacking 43, was bowled by Sajid Mahmood shortly after Warwickshire had passed 200 before Neil Carter and Chris Woakes put on 37 for the eighth wicket.
Carter was later run out by Steven Croft and the returning Troughton was caught in the slips by Paul Horton off the bowling of Tom Smith in the 73rd over. Troughton failed to score upon his return.
At that stage the visitors were 239-9, but Woakes (29) and Imran Tahir carried them to the narrowest of first innings leads.
Opener Tom Smith went early, caught behind by Ambrose off Carter to leave his side at 16-1. Moore and Paul Horton (26) then shared 54 for the second wicket before the latter was brilliantly caught at second slip by Clarke off the bowling of Woakes.
Kerrigan added: “If we can get what we got first innings or maybe more, it gives us the chance to get men around the bat for me. Runs on the board will put them under pressure.”
Day 1 Report
Graham Hardcastle at Old Trafford
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