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News - 19th April 2012

Late wickets spoil Lancs day

Lancashire lost four wickets during an extended evening session to surrender the advantage after day one of their LV= County Championship match against Warwickshire at Liverpool

The Red Rose county, who were going well at 77-1, lost Paul Horton, Ashwell Prince, Karl Brown and Steven Croft as the Bears found their range in the closing stages of a weather-affected day.

Four interruptions for either rain, hail and bad light accounted for the loss of 41 overs, with play only starting at 1.45pm. And Lancashire, in the clash of last season's LV= county champions and runners-up, closed the day on 125-5 from 55 overs.

Karl Brown top-scored with a determined 46 off 105 balls, including four boundaries, after Glen Chapple had lost his tenth toss in the last eleven home matches.

But he was understandably disappointed to be one of three wickets to fall for just 22 runs during the final ten overs of the day, fending an accurate Chris Wright short ball into the gully.

"I'm disappointed not to go on having done all the hard work," said the Red Rose number three, who saw 37 overs bowled after tea. "It was a decent ball which just got a bit big on me, but I would have liked to go on and get a substantial score.

“It is seaming, but it is a decent wicket. If you work hard and graft away, you can score runs. There is also a bit in it for the bowlers. First innings runs are always vital, especially on a pitch like this.

"I didn’t even know we had lost the toss so many times, but there is nothing you can do. It can make a difference, but you can’t put the result down to the toss of the coin.

“We just have to back ourselves to get out there and do a job."

Brown shared a partnership of 43 for the second wicket with Paul Horton, taking the score from 34-1 either side of tea as rain and hail arrived at the Aigburth ground.

Lancashire will be frustrated at their overnight position as they did all the hard work, as Brown said. Warwickshire improved dramatically in the day's latter stages after some early inconsistencies.

They were highlighted by the fact that left-armer Keith Barker bowled three no-balls in his opening spell, including one which bowled Stephen Moore with the seventh ball of the match.

Barker gained revenge with the last ball of the 12th over thanks to Rikki Clarke's excellent one-handed catch low down to his right at second slip, leaving the score at 34-1.

Clarke then got in on the wicket-taking act after tea when he trapped Horton lbw before Maddy came into the attack and returned notable figures of 2-11 from his eight overs.

Ashwell Prince chipped the former England Twenty20 player to Ian Bell at short mid-on, leaving the score at 101-3 in the 45th over, before Wright got Brown with a snorter of a ball.

Wright then got Brown before Maddy finished off the visitors' day in style by forcing Steven Croft to edge to Clarke at second slip.

"I feel in really good nick," added Brown. "I'm glad I made a bit of a contribution and, come the end of the game, hopefully it will be a telling one.”

Lancashire have gone into the game with two left-arm spinners in their line-up, selecting Gary Keedy ahead of Sajid Mahmood.

Graham Hardcastle
Photos (c) Simon Pendrigh
Article (c) Lancashire CCC Ltd


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