Friday 11 - Monday 14 May 2018
REPORT: Day One
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.
Keaton Jennings’ second century of the season, backed up by some outstanding new ball bowling, have put Lancashire on course to gain their first victory of the County Championship season.
Beginning the match in seventh place in the table the Red Rose have dominated all six sessions of the match against a Notts side that had entered this round of matches as league leaders.
Jennings made 126 as his Lancashire side reached 338 in their first innings, scoring his runs from 247 deliveries with 21 fours. The left-hander eventually fell to Stuart Broad, who claimed figures of four for 41.
When Notts batted for a second time they immediately ran into difficulties with Graham Onions and James Anderson sharing the wickets, as Notts slipped to 106 for five having been one for three at one stage.
At the start of the day Lancashire resumed from their overnight score of 157 for four, with a lead of 24, and made steady progress until Stuart Broad produced a piece of sheer brilliance.
Dane Vilas had moved on to 20 and drilled a Broad delivery back towards the big fast bowler. With great athleticism the England man swooped low to pull off a stunning return catch.
Broad, in great rhythm throughout, also bagged another victim in his opening burst as Steven Croft nicked behind for five.
Jennings’ only moment of alarm occurred when he was on 95, with wicketkeeper Tom Moores unable to gather the ball cleanly with the batsman leaving his ground to try and drive Samit Patel.
Jordan Clark scored an enterprising 40 out of a stand of 85 with Jennings, before upper-cutting the Jake Ball’s final ball of the first session into the hands of third man.
Moores redeemed himself with his fourth and fifth catches of the innings to remove Tom Bailey and Anderson after lunch.
Sandwiched between them, Jennings made a rare – but fatal – error of judgement when he shouldered arms to Broad’s first delivery with the second new ball and lost his off stump.
Batting for a second time Notts were dealt an early blow when captain Steven Mullaney chopped Anderson onto his stumps, without a run on the board.
Onions, who weighed in with a useful 16 not out at the end of Lancashire’s innings, then reduced Notts to one for three as he dismissed Chris Nash and Ross Taylor with consecutive deliveries.
For Taylor, it was a first ball dismissal that completed a pair in this match - and also mirrored his first ball dismissal against Onions in the second innings of the Old Trafford meeting a month ago.
Patel managed to avoid the hat-trick and sped to 16 before slashing Anderson straight to point.
Riki Wessels, who scored 35, became Onions’ third victim in the evening gloom, as umpire Michael Gough upheld a bellowed lbw shout.
When bad light gave in to heavy rain 11 overs early Notts were still 99 runs away from making their visitors again, with Jake Libby on 38 and Moores on five.
Lancashire needed only 65 minutes of play on the third morning of their match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge to claim their first victory of the Specsavers County Championship season.
With Graham Onions taking six for 55, Nottinghamshire were bowled out for 138 in their second innings, leaving the Red Rose to celebrate success by an innings and 67 runs.
Having top-scored with 34 in the home side’s first innings score of 133, Jake Libby again played the leading hand for Notts before being dismissed for a battling 46.
Onions, whose career best figures of nine for 67 came in 2012 at Trent Bridge during his time as a Durham player, strengthened his love affair with the ground with a high-quality exhibition of new ball bowling.
With three victims already in the scorebook he found little resistance in advancing to the 27th five-wicket haul of his career.
Resuming from their overnight position of 106 for five, with an overall deficit of 99, Nottinghamshire’s sixth wicket pairing of Libby and Tom Moores were parted inside the first half an hour of the day.
Onions claimed his fourth wicket of the innings by having a flashing Moores caught behind for nine and backed it up by gaining an lbw verdict against a disbelieving Stuart Broad for four.
Anderson sent Luke Fletcher on his way for a two-ball duck and then had Libby caught at slip, after the 25-year old opener had battled for over three hours at the crease.
Onions, appropriately, delivered the winning moment to his new side by having Jake Ball caught in the deep by Steven Croft.
Lancashire collected 22 points in taking their first County Championship away win since 2015, whilst Notts gained only three bonus points.
The two counties won’t have long to wait before renewing rivalries as they meet again at Emirates Old Trafford on Thursday, where Notts Outlaws will begin their defence of the Royal London One-Day Cup.