Day One Report: Lancashire v Kent LV=CC

Wednesday 24th April 2013

Men’s First Team

Day One Report: Lancashire v Kent LV=CC

Kent closed on 216 for eight at Old Trafford, with James Anderson taking control for Lancashire with two wickets on day one.

The England bowler was playing only his fourth game for the county in three seasons, as Kent won the toss and elected to bat, in overcast conditions.

30-year-old Anderson had to wait until his 19th over before claiming his first wicket of the day as he bowled Mike Powell for 57.

He added a second just before close when Matt Coles pulled him to Simon Kerrigan at deep square-leg; taking two for 48 from his 23 overs.

Kyle Hogg had claimed the opening two Kent scalps. First he trapped Sam Northeast lbw with the final ball of the fourth over. And, after Robert Key and Brendan Nash saw the visitors safely to lunch on 53 for one, Hogg struck again after the interval as Key was out lbw for 31, leaving Kent 60 for two.

Although tight Lancashire bowling meant runs were hard to come by, Nash and Powell frustrated their hosts for most of the afternoon session.

But their 70-run stand was ended when former West Indies Test batsman Nash fell lbw to off-spinner Steven Croft for 50 – his third half-century in three innings this season – sending Kent in at tea on 130 for three.

Kent lost five wickets in the final session. Daniel Bell-Drummond went lbw in the second over after the interval as Kerrigan claimed his first wicket.

Hogg finished with three for 32 as he moved one away to find Darren Stevens’ edge and wicketkeeper Gareth Cross pulled off a good one-handed catch.

Chapple then knocked Geraint Jones’ off stump flying, and Anderson finally got into the wickets with just 11 overs remaining as he bowled battling Powell before adding the scalp of Coles.

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