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Sidebottom puts Notts in charge

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE, Old Trafford
Lancashire v Nottinghamshire
29 April - 2 May (Play starts 1100 BST)

CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY ONE: Lancashire 189, Nottinghamshire 52-1 (Notts 3 pts, Lancs 0 pts)


Lancashire's fine start to the season came to an end as they chose to bat at Old Trafford and were bowled out for just 189 by Nottinghamshire.

England's Ryan Sidebottom made a successful return after seven weeks out with an Achilles injury by removing both Lancashire openers cheaply.

He was then backed up by Andre Adams (4-49) and Luke Fletcher (2-30), only Ashwell Prince resisting with 74.

Notts then reached the close on 52-1, for the loss of only Alex Hales (17).

Sidebottom had warmed up for this game by playing club cricket across the Staffordshire border in Leek on Saturday.

But, after a hatful of wickets at the weekend, he wasted no time in getting a few when it really mattered in his first game since playing for England in the Fourth Test against the West Indies at Bridgetown in February.

Sidebottom struck as early as the seventh over of the match when he got Horton lbw for just six. And he then trapped Tom Smith lbw four overs later to leave the hosts 22-2.

606: DEBATE

Prince and compatriot Francois du Plessis shared 64 for the third wicket but Adams picked up his first wicket when the latter drove loosely to Alistair Brown at second slip just after lunch.

Adams then uprooted Mark Chilton's middle pole to leave the scoreboard at 96-4 but Prince brought up his fifty off 103 balls with seven fours in the 48th over.

The South African then despatched Swann over mid-on in the off-spinner's first over. But he was on his way to the pavilion in the next over when caught at first slip. And, from 162-5, the Lancashire tail folded.

Newby then hit back by bowling Hales in the 15th over of the visitors' reply to reduce them to 29-1. But Bilal Shafayat and Mark Wagh resume on Thursday morning unbeaten on 12 and 17 respectively.


Lancashire coach Peter Moores told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"It was a tough decision over what to do, bat or bowl because, although the sun was shining, we knew there would be a bit of moisture in the air.

"I thought we did pretty well to get through to lunch with just two wickets down because I thought the Notts boys bowled pretty well.

"We didn't get that big partnership but what we have to do is start again tomorrow morning and try and get a couple of wickets and get ourselves back in the game."



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