Six wicket Jarvis gives Lancashire the advantage
Kyle Jarvis with 6-67 and Ryan McLaren (4-45) combined to shoot Warwickshire out for exactly 200 to put Lancashire on top after the first day of this Specsavers County Championship match at Emirates Old Trafford.
The Red Rose had reached 112-3 by the close to trail by 88 runs going into the second day.
Seven wickets fell during an absorbing afternoon session with Jarvis taking all six of his wickets after lunch, to follow-on from his Lancashire-best return of 6-61 in the previous Championship match at Hampshire, and the fast bowler now has taken 29 wickets at just over 19 runs apiece this summer.
Overseas all rounder McLaren is Lancashire’s leading wicket taker in the Championship with 32 wickets at an average of 24 following his four wicket haul today.
Lancashire lost both openers Haseeb Hameed for 15 and Alex Davies for 20 to catches by Andy Umeed at first slip off Ryan Sidebottom, Warwickshire’s Australian-born seamer, and Chris Wright respectively.
Dane Vilas had his middle stump uprooted by a terrific Oli Stone delivery for 6 but Liam Livingstone with 41 not out and nightwatchman Stephen Parry 15 not out saw Lancashire through to the close of play.
Lancashire fielded an unchanged team with McLaren continuing as captain, and he did the early damage with a fine eight over spell of 3-19 bowling from the Statham End at the start of the day after Warwickshire had won the toss and elected to bat.
The stand-in skipper struck in the third over of the morning, trapping Warwickshire’s new recruit from Surrey, Dominic Sibley lbw for 1 with the batsman playing no shot to a delivery that nipped back. Trott then pushed at a seaming delivery but only succeeded in edging to Jos Buttler at second slip for 4 and Ian Bell fell to the same Buttler-McLaren combination edging an attempted drive after making 14 to continue his recent batting woes.
McLaren’s spell meant Warwickshire were 41-3 after an hour’s play but opener Umeed and Matthew Lamb managed to steer the Bears through to lunch, albeit with a few alarms, on 89-3.
The pair posted their fifty partnership from 101 balls in the third over of the afternoon before Jarvis produced an outstanding spell of 4-20 in 24 balls to leave Warwickshire reeling on 115-7.
Jarvis found some extra bounce to surprise Umeed, the batsman fending an edge to wicketkeeper Davies for 44 and he followed that with two wickets in one over; Tim Ambrose (8) glancing down the leg side where Davies took a fine diving catch and Keith Barker lbw second ball for 0. Matthew Lamb became the fourth victim of the spell when he was bowled for 0 in Jarvis’ following over.
McLaren returned to account for Wright, lbw 0, to increase the visitor’s woes on 119-8 but Jeetan Patel and Stone fought back strongly with a 9th wicket partnership of 76 inside 16 overs, although both survived dropped catches; Patel on 16 at mid-on from Matt Parkinson’s second ball and Stone on 20 at 3rd slip off McLaren.
Jarvis finally ended the innings with two wickets in quick succession to finish with a six-wicket haul, Stone edging behind to Davies for 32 and Patel bowled for 47 with Warwickshire 200 all out on the stroke of tea and remarkably all ten wickets had been taken by bowlers operating from the Statham End.
It turned out to be a good day for Kyle Jarvis but the Lancashire opening quick admitted: “I had a pretty shaky start this morning. I didn’t bowl well at all.
“There were a few tough words at lunchtime but I got six wickets in the afternoon session so I was delighted how that went.
By contrast Jarvis was on fire during the afternoon, and he conceded it was very much, for him, a day of two contrasting sessions.
“I had no rhythm and bowled terribly from the James Anderson end, which is where I normally bowl from,” he explained.
"We decided to switch to the Statham end and the ball came out really nicely in the afternoon. I had the ball under control so I was delighted with the way it went.
“I haven’t got many wickets at the Statham end in my four year career here, most have come from the other end," he added.
All bar one of today’s wickets fell to bowlers operating from the Statham end, but Jarvis cautioned: “I wouldn’t read too much into that. Both ends are doing a bit. That’s just how it’s worked out today.
Jarvis has now taken consecutive six-wickets hauls but added: “I need to get better with the new ball.
“I was disappointed with the way I bowled up front at Hampshire and here today, but I’ve come back and got six wickets in my last two innings so I can’t be all that upset."
And Jarvis is hoping the Red Rose can build on today’s performance.
“Everyone’s confident,” he said. “We bat all the way down so I’m sure we will build on where we are, and hopefully get another couple of hundred runs. I think the pitch will be better to bat on tomorrow.
“We are in a really good position now. If we can extend that and bat once we can win this game.”
Photo: Simon Pendrigh