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Warwickshire and Lancashire share first-day spoils

LV COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE, Edgbaston:
CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY ONE: Lancashire 323-8
(Warwicks 2pts, Lancs 3pts)
Match scorecard


Steven Croft and Jonathan Trott
Steven Croft hits through the off side as Jonathan Trott looks on from short leg

Steven Croft's unbeaten 75 helped Lancashire to 323-8 on an even first day against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

Stephen Moore (61) and Ashwell Prince (51) also made half-centuries, but the visitors lost wickets regularly after winning the toss.

At one point they had slipped to 264-7, but captain Glen Chapple (29) combined with Croft for an eighth-wicket partnership of 54.

Paceman Andrew Miller (3-45) was the pick of the Warwickshire bowlers.

The determination of the Lancashire batsmen has bought some time for England paceman James Anderson, who could replace all-rounder Luke Proctor in the match on his return from the ICC World Twenty20.

The contributions of Prince and Moore stabilised the visitors after they had slipped to 45-2, with their stand of 94 coming in 30 overs.

But they were to fall in quick succession, Prince bowled around his legs attempting to sweep Imran Tahir (2-85) and Moore holing out to mid-off from the same bowler.

Croft and Mark Chilton (39) helped Lancashire regroup again, adding 78 in 20 overs, but Chilton would become Miller's first victim when he edged the former Lancashire academy man through to wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose.

Tom Smith and Proctor both went soon after, leaving Croft and Chapple to prolong the resistance, only for the visiting skipper to be trapped lbw by Miller before the close.


BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Clive Eakin:
"Perhaps not as entertaining as previous days at Edgbaston so far this season, but again another pretty even day with some pleasant sunshine for the members to enjoy.

"Those members could be forgiven for being confused by the vagaries of county cricket. Jimmy Anderson could be drafted into the Lancashire side to replace Luke Proctor, while Bears bowler Chris Woakes is missing this game because he is playing for the England Lions against Bangladesh.

"In Woakes' absence other young bowlers have had their moments. Boyd Rankin has been banging the ball in, claiming two wickets, and Andrew Miller has deserved his first three wickets of the season.

"Although the pitch doesn't appear to hold any great terrors for the batsmen, Lancashire will probably feel they have the edge and will hope Anderson is able to get the first available flight back from the West Indies."

BBC Radio Lancashire's Scott Read:
"What a massive boost it could be for Lancashire to have James Anderson back in the side either at some point on day two or for the start of the third day.

"They might well need him too. It looks a good batting track here at Edgbaston, with Ashwell Prince admitting that a competitive first-innings total would be nearer to 400 than 300.

"Its been a good season so far for Steven Croft, who has reached his sixth Championship half-century of summer. Can he now go on and turn his 75 into three figures?"



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