Post Match Reaction: Lancashire vs Hampshire
Post Match Reaction:
Find out what Lancashire fast bowler James Anderson and Hampshire Head Coach Craig White made of this week's Specsavers County Championship fixture at Emirates Old Trafford.
James Anderson said:
"We played really well throughout the game. We bowled well in the first innings but they batted really well, Bailey in particular.
"But we thought the pitch was pretty flat and although we were in a bit of trouble in the first innings, Al Davies, Dane Vilas and Ryan McLaren got us up to really good score. When you get that sort of score on a fourth day pitch you’re in with a really good shout.
"We thought if we could put the ball in the right areas we could really challenge them and take ten wickets. Dane and Ryan are really solid professionals who set a really good example but they are also quality cricketers. They’ve been fantastic additions.
Day Four Highlights:
"Not many people would have expected Essex and Lancashire to be first and second after seven games but we’re in a really strong position and we have a lot of competition for places. But we’re not going to get carried away, we have a big game against Warwickshire and if we get a result there it will put us in a great position before the back end of the summer.
"I think we’re better placed to sustain this position but we have to make sure that what happened last year doesn’t happen again. This week was a really good performance but there are still areas on which we can improve."
Hampshire coach, Craig White, said:
"It’s hugely disappointing. I thought we were at least a hundred runs short and catches cost us in their first innings. To then find ourselves at 50 for 5 on a pretty good pitch is also extremely disappointing.
"It was always going to be a big ask on the final day, and although there was a bit of fight there, it was too much to ask in the end.
"They totally outplayed us. I’ve told the lads they have to be switched on but we weren’t quite on it and that’s what cost us.
"Jimmy Anderson bowled beautifully but the ball’s allowed to swing and we should be able to combat that. However, it seems that whenever the ball swings or seams, we get into a bit of trouble. So we need to improve on that, work on that, try and stay positive and get back on the horse."
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