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Prince in runs for Lancashire but Warwickshire on top

LV= COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE, Old Trafford:
CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY ONE: Lancashire 253 v Warwickshire 13-1
(Warwicks 3pts, Lancs 2pts)
Match scorecard


Lancashire batsman Ashwell Prince
Ashwell Prince made 497 runs in five Championship matches last summer

Ashwell Prince marked his return to Lancashire duty by top-scoring with 82 to help his team run up 253 against Warwickshire at Old Trafford.

But it was chiefly a day for the Bears' pace bowlers, with Chris Woakes and Neil Carter each taking three wickets.

Steven Croft (64), skipper Glen Chapple (54 not out) and Luke Sutton (33) were the only other men in double figures.

But England's James Anderson had the last word, bowling Varun Chopra as the Bears closed on 13-1 from eight overs.

Warwickshire bounced back well from defeat to Yorkshire in their first game last week, reducing the hosts to 14-4 within the first seven overs, all via slip catches, three of them taken off England Lions seamer Woakes.

After visiting skipper Ian Westwood had won the toss, the 21-year-old Woakes took advantage of early movement to dismiss Tom Smith, Paul Horton and debutant Stephen Moore.

But Lancashire mounted a recovery with a fifth-wicket partnership of 133 between South African left-hander Prince, stand-in for the county's main scheduled summer signing Kumar Sangakkara, and all-rounder Steven Croft.

Having been lifted by the sight of all-rounder Andrew Flintoff batting in the nets at lunch for the first time since his knee operation in August, there was also a boost for Lancashire's other England man Anderson.

With fitness issues of his own to resolve, Anderson struck in only his second of four overs, before nightwatchman Naqaash Tahir played out 17 scoreless deliveries to reach the close without further loss.


BBC Sport's Scott Read offers his verdict on the first day's play:
"Lancashire have to be thankful for a terrific display by Ashwell Prince and the skill of Steven Croft, who masterminded a century partnership just when it was needed.

"Rocked by some brilliant bowling from Chris Woakes who took advantage of the early morning conditions, Prince and Croft got to grips with the conditions after a tentative start.

"It's a real shame neither were able to go on and make a century.

"Having sat and watched Woakes tear into Lancashire's top order, I'm sure Jimmy Anderson and Saj Mahmood will be looking for a similar impact on day two."



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