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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 May 2007, 18:34 GMT 19:34 UK
Poor Lancashire demolished by Ali
County Championship Div 1, Old Trafford: Lancashire 161 v Worcestershire 164-4 (day one, stumps)

Kabir Ali
Ali took advantage of helpful conditions at Old Trafford
Kabir Ali took a career-best 8-50 to put Worcestershire on top on day one of their match against Lancashire.

The paceman removed the top three and returned to polish off the lower order as the hosts were skittled for 161.

Only Brad Hodge (49) offered serious resistance before skipper Vikram Solanki hit 54 to help Worcestershire end the day three ahead on 164-4.

He fell to Sri Lanka star Muttiah Muralitharan and Lancs will need their strong attack to fire to fight back.

Ali's figures were the best at Old Trafford since Lancashire boss Mike Watkinson took 8-30 against Hampshire in 1994.

Home skipper Mark Chilton suprisingly opted to bat under grey skies but he, Paul Horton and Mal Loye fell cheaply as they slumped to 24-3.

Ali got Dominic Cork and James Anderson with successive balls and although Sajid Mahmood prevented the hat-trick the end was not long in coming.

Solanki then added 52 for the second wicket with Stephen Moore (29) but with Mahmood bowling a fine spell which deserved more than one wicket, Lancs still have hope of limiting Worcestershire's advantage.

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