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Wickets tumble on Day One of Derbyshire friendly

Wickets tumble on Day One of Derbyshire friendly

Report from Day One at Emirates Old Trafford 

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Lancashire returned to Emirates Old Trafford for the first time in 2021 and took 12 wickets on the opening day of their final pre-season friendly against Derbyshire. 

The wickets were shared around the attack with seamers Saqib Mahmood (2/37), Josh Bohannon (2/24) and Jack Blatherwick (2/30) the main contributors.

Derbyshire enjoyed the better of the morning session, reaching 87-2 at lunch following Billy Godleman's 44 - Danny Lamb (1/26) and Bohannon with the Lancashire wickets.

The afternoon brought about a flurry of dismissals as the visitors were reduced to 135-6, Mahmood striking with two almost identical LBWs while Steven Croft produced a superb run out of Matthew Critchley (22). 

Lancashire continued to make inroads and - due to a pre-match agreement that Derbyshire would bat the entire day - when the 9th and 10th wickets fell to Blatherwick, his first for the Red Rose, the visitors returned to bat out the remainder of the evening session. 

Two further wickets were claimed by Bohannon and George Balderson (1/14) in the final hour and Derbyshire closed on 244 for the loss of 12 wickets. The play continues tomorrow at Emirates Old Trafford when Lancashire will bat for 90 overs. 

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