Glen Chapple praised Luke Procter for playing a team knock' as Lancashire took control of their LV= County Championship match with Warwickshire at Aigburth.
The pair shared a 60-run stand as the champions made what looks like an above par 250 in their first innings on day two of the Liverpool clash.
Skipper Chapple then claimed two wickets and Kyle Hogg, Simon Kerrigan and Gary Keedy one each as Warwickshire closed on 68-5, still 182 runs behind.
Procter made a gritty 46 in over three-and-a-half hours to help rescue Lancashire from their overnight score of 125-5. And although Chapple outscored him in the partnership as he made 44 off just 49 balls, the Red Rose captain believes Procter’s knock was crucial.
“He held us together,” said Chapple. “For a young lad to do that shows great ability.
“It was a great team knock. I think he has got a pedigree for getting big scores and batting a long period of time. It’s obviously harder to do it in first-team cricket, but he’s proven he can do it.
“It’s a good pitch but there is a bit of nibble and swing, a bit in it for everybody, and it’s difficult for new batsmen. You think when you get in you can go on and get a big score, but you have to work for your runs.”
Lancashire certainly had to do that in the morning session as they scored just 47 in 32 overs. The first eight overs of the day were all maidens and, with the Red Rose not scoring in the final two overs of the previous day’s play, they spent 61 deliveries on 125.
Nightwatchman Gary Keedy and Gareth Cross, who shared a 43-run stand with Procter, both fell before lunch to Chris Wright.
But Chapple went on the attack after the interval. He raced past Procter, who was on 30 when he came to the crease, and when the 50 partnership came up he had contributed 38 to it.
In the end he became one of Darren Maddy’s four victims as he edged the ball to Verun Chopra at first slip.
Procter fell short of what would have been a deserved half-century as he was lbw to Maddy, who claimed 4-39. Kerrigan was last man out, but not before Hogg had made sure of a second batting bonus point with a four.
Lancashire made instant in-roads with the ball as Chapple struck with his fourth delivery to dismiss opener Chopra without a run on the board.
Hogg then accounted for Neil Carter, who earlier had smashed a van window with a six, and Chapple - having swapped ends - claimed the key wicket of Bell as the England batsman was caught behind for 18.
Lancashire then took control as Kerrigan and Keedy claimed the wickets of Jim Troughton and Will Porterfield before the close.
“It is a good day from where we were overnight,” said Chapple. “We worked really hard and came out on top.”
Day 1 Report
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