Anderson hails a special day after reaching 1,000 milestone
James Anderson took seven Kent wickets in just 47 deliveries, and hailed "a special day" after reaching the magical landmark of 1,000 first-class wickets, when play finally got underway in this rain-delayed LV= Insurance County Championship match.
After rain prevented any play until after lunch the visitors, who won the toss, were shot out for 74 in just over two hours.
But following an opening partnership of 64, Lancashire lost five wickets for 29 runs as Kent fought hard to stay in the game.
At the close the Red Rose side had reached 108-5 to lead by 34 runs.
In one of the most memorable sessions seen at Emirates Old Trafford, Anderson bowling from-appropriately-the James Anderson End, finished with the outstanding career-best figures of 10-5-19-7
It was a swing bowling masterclass that the Kent batsmen simply had no answer to and an ecstatic crowd gave Anderson a standing ovation when he reached 1,000 wickets and then again when he led the Lancashire team off at the end of the innings.
Here’s how the wickets fell to Anderson on a remarkable afternoon;-
1st – Zak Crawley edged an away-swinging delivery, the sixth of the day, to Rob Jones who took a smart catch low down at second slip. Kent 0-1, Anderson 1-0.
2nd wicket - Jordan Cox edged an identical delivery to Luke Wells at first slip. Kent 1-2, Anderson 2-0.
3rd wicket - Ollie Robinson got a swinging delivery that straightened and found a nick to wicketkeeper Dane Vilas. Kent 5-3, Anderson 3-0.
4th wicket – A slightly fuller delivery but the same result as the ball swung, found the edge and was caught by Jones at second slip. Kent 17-4, Anderson 4-3.
5th wicket – Anderson’s 1,000th in first-class cricket when Heino Kuhn edged an outswinger to Vilas. It was the ninth delivery Kuhn had received from Anderson and he could have easily gone earlier. Kent 19-5, Anderson 5-3.
6th wicket- Matt Milnes gloved behind down the leg side with Vilas taking a good tumbling catch. Kent 24-7, Anderson 6-3.
7th wicket – an inswinger that Harry Podmore could only edge behind to complete an extraordinary haul. Kent 34-8, Anderson 7-10.
Almost unnoticed Danny Lamb chipped in with an impressive 3-16 including the wicket of top-scorer Darren Stevens for 19 as Kent were bundled out in just over two hours for 74.
Anderson’s final figures of 7-19 are his best in first-class matches and the 51st five-wicket haul of his fabulous career. It’s the fourth time Anderson has taken seven wickets in an innings with two for England and now two for Lancashire.
He is the first Red Rose fast/seam bowler to take 1,000 first-class wickets since Ken Higgs achieved the feat in 1968 and the first Lancashire bowler to do so since off-spinner Jack Simmons reached this landmark in 1988.
Lancashire made a positive start to their reply with Alex Davies thumping a six in the first over on his way to an attacking 47 off 43 balls before three wickets fell for 3 runs inside 3 overs.
Davies, who had also hit 5 fours in addition to that early six, edged a cut off Matt Quinn to slip; Keaton Jennings edged Quinn to second slip for 14 and Luke Wells top edged a pull off Matt Milnes to James Logan at square leg for 3 to leave Lancashire on 67-3.
And Kent continued to make inroads into the hosts’ innings. Vilas edged Stevens to Crawley at second slip for 8 and Josh Bohannon was bowled for 14 by left-arm spinner James Logan, making his Kent debut, with five wickets having gone for 29 runs.
Rob Jones (7 not out) and Steven Croft (8 not out) battled determinedly to reach the close at 7.15pm with Lancashire 108-5 and ahead by 34.
July 5th turned out to be Jimmy Anderson’s day.
“It feels great actually,” said Anderson when asked about reaching the 1,000 milestone.
“Getting Ian Ward out here (his maiden first-class wicket) was something I'll never forget - it was a lifelong dream to play for Lancashire. I'm away a lot with England and don't get to play much for Lancashire so it makes that much more special to do it here and with a performance that helps the team. It's a day I'll never forget.”
But Anderson revealed he didn’t actually know how many wickets he needed!
“I’m getting ribbed from the lads,” he confessed. “Because I genuinely didn’t know how many wickets I was on. I knew I was in the 990s, but I didn’t know exactly.
“So at first I thought everyone was going a bit over the top when I took my fifth wicket!”
“To see the reaction from the lads was really special.
“And to chew the fat with them in the dressing room at the end of the day was really nice and really special.”
“All I was thinking about this morning was that I’ve done a load of work in the nets, grooving my action.
“So today I just wanted to make sure that I bowled well and got into that rhythm I was working on. Luckily today it came off”.
Anderson “felt really good from ball one.”
“The ball went exactly where I wanted,” he revealed. “It swung, the conditions were favourable and the ball carried.
“So if you find the right length the nicks will carry and from then on I was just trying to challenge the defence of the batsmen as much as possible.”
And Jimmy appreciated the support from all around Emirates Old Trafford.
“The reaction from the crowd as well was special,” he added.
“To get 1,000 wickets is becoming harder with the amount of cricket that is played across the world and it is getting less and less likely that it will happen again.
“I could potentially be the last person to do it which just adds to the feeling of it being very, very special.”
It was special to watch too.
Photos: Barry Mitchell