Lancashire dominated the opening day of the Specsavers County Championship Division One clash at Trent Bridge, ending the day 24 runs ahead after bowling Nottinghamshire out for 133.
Graham Onions and James Anderson have both enjoyed many happy outings at Trent Bridge over the years. The pair combined to put Lancashire in a strong position on the opening day of their Specsavers County Championship match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
Onions took three for 22 as Notts were bowled out for just 133 in 47.1 overs, with Anderson chipping in with two for 27. Tom Bailey also excelled, returning figures of three for 28.
Jake Libby top-scored for the home side with 34 after the visitors had opted to bowl first.
In reply, Alex Davies scored 50 and Keaton Jennings was unbeaten on 52 as Lancs closed on 157 for four, to hold an overall advantage of 24 with six wickets in hand.
Onions, whose career best figures of nine for 67 were achieved at Trent Bridge in his Durham days, needed only five deliveries to make his mark, having Steven Mullaney caught at slip in the second over of the day.
The scalps of Chris Nash and Ross Taylor, who failed to score, soon followed and when Libby fell to the final ball of the morning the hosts had slid to 80 for four.
Anderson, no longer sporting the platinum blonde locks of a week ago, conceded only 11 in his initial eight-over burst.
Seven more overs, sent down at the start of the second session, tore a hole right through the home team’s middle order. Both Riki Wessels and Tom Moores were pressurised into edging behind and Stuart Broad was dropped from consecutive nicks into the slip cordon before falling at the other end for 20.
Anderson, who went into this match with a career record of 67 first class wickets on the ground - at an average of only 18, was also on hand to whip off the bails to run out Samit Patel, who made 27 before getting into a mix up with Moores.
Bailey brought the innings to a swift conclusion by removing both Jake Ball and Luke Fletcher cheaply.
Davies put on 77 for the first wicket with Jennings, when the Red Rose began their reply in mid-afternoon. The Lions’ wicketkeeper-batsman – who has handed the gloves to Dane Vilas for this match – romped to his half century from 39 balls, with nine fours. Next ball, he undid all that good work by playing all around Fletcher and was comprehensively bowled.
When the sides met at Old Trafford last month Lancashire lost all 10 wickets for only 24 runs in their second innings. Thoughts turned to that collapse when the out-of-form Haseeb Hameed failed to get off the mark before deflecting Fletcher down the legside to ‘keeper Moores, who then took an even better catch to remove Livingstone, from Harry Gurney’s bowling.
Mullaney, prevented from bowling by a slight side strain for the last three matches, snared his first wicket of the season, when trapping Shivnarine Chanderpaul for 23 in the evening gloom.
Jennings’ half century arrived from a patient 126 deliveries and he had added 14 with Vilas for the fifth wicket when bad light forced an early stoppage, five overs early.
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