Peter Moores hailed his bowling attack as Lancashire took control of their LV=County Championship match with Nottinghamshire on their return to Old Trafford
Four wickets each for skipper Glen Chapple and Simon Kerrigan helped dismiss the visitors – who boasted England trio Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad and Samit Patel in their ranks - for 169 after the champions had lost the toss.
Paul Horton and Stephen Moore (23no) then made an impressive start to Lancashire’s reply, reaching 48 before Horton was trapped lbw by Andre Adams off the final ball of the day for 24.
Lancashire’s performance with the ball was even more impressive considering they lost Tom Smith, who bowled just three overs having been selected ahead of Kyle Hogg for his first start of the season, with a hamstring injury.
And Jimmy Anderson was off the field for long periods having suffered a blow to his thumb while fielding off his own bowling. The England ace went to hospital for an x-ray, which revealed there was no break. But he still played his part in a good day for Lancashire, bowling 17 overs for just 23 runs as he and Chapple produced stunning opening spells with the new ball.
“They both bowled brilliantly and it was great to watch two really fine bowlers exploit what were typical English conditions,” said head coach Moores.
“We’ve had a good day, but we still have work to do.
“Jimmy’s thumb is sore but is not broken. He then got another hit on it and came off again, but it is okay and he is going to be fine.
“Tom has a problem with his hamstring. We will check it out in the morning and see where we are with it. Bowling is going to be difficult for him.
“Tom is bowling really well at the moment, so it is a real shame and frustrating for him. He works harder than anyone else and is doing everything right. He has been really unlucky.
“He will be fine to bat, but he will probably be out for a few weeks after this game.”
Chapple claimed the wickets of Neil Edwards, Alex Hales and Michael Lumb – who was caught by Ashwell Prince at third slip after Anderson palmed the ball to him from gully – before lunch as Notts were restricted to less than two runs an over.
He added the scalp of James Taylor after the interval, while Luke Procter left Notts 83-5 when he sent Chris Read’s stumps flying.
Patel was the only thorn in Lancashire’s side as he passed 50, but Kerrigan took over where Chapple left off as he had Paul Franks and then Broad caught at short leg by Steven Croft in successive balls.
Swann went to his fellow spinner off the second delivery after tea lbw and, after Procter claimed the scalp of Patel – who was caught at long-off by substitute Sajid Mahmood for 69 - Kerrigan wrapped up the innings when Gareth Cross produced a smart piece of work to stump Adams.
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