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Gary Keedy spins Lancs to innings victory over Sussex

Lancashire 472 beat Sussex 243 and 174 by an innings and 55 runs
Lancashire 22pts, Sussex 2pts
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Gary Keedy
Gary Keedy claimed 31 scalps in just seven Championship games in 2010

Lancashire defied the Liverpool weather to claim a season-opening innings victory over Sussex at Aigburth.

After play was delayed by two hours, Sussex were hopeful of saving the game when they got under way on 151-3.

But once the home side had removed overnight pair Joe Gatting and Murray Goodwin, spinner Gary Keedy and skipper Glen Chapple wasted little time.

Keedy took 5-41, while Chapple took 4-49 as Sussex were bowled out for 174 to lose by an innings and 55 runs.

After taking 5-68 in the first innings, Chapple's four wickets on the final day earned him a haul of nine victims in the match.

Chasing an initial target of 229 to make their hosts bat again, things quickly unravelled for them after veteran Chapple had Gatting caught behind with the eighth ball of the day before bowling Ben Brown for a nine-ball duck.

Keedy then had Goodwin caught by Paul Horton for 33 before also dismissing Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and Naved Arif from consecutive balls.

But Chapple completed the job, removing Lancastrian James Anyon before ending some dogged resistance by the last pair to trap Monty Panesar.

Lancashire head coach Peter Moores told BBC Radio Manchester:
"It was a really good win, and if I'm being honest I didn't think it was going to happen quite so quickly.

"I think the sign of a good team is somebody who doesn't let the other side get back in, so I'm really pleased with the way we played.

"What you like in a battling display is control and we looked liked we had control all the way through."

Sussex coach Mark Robinson told BBC Sussex:
"We possibly mis-read the wicket, if we're honest. We knew it would do quite a bit on the first day. We thought it would maintain the moisture but it really flattened out by day two.

"It allowed Lancashire the opportunity to bat for a long time. They did really well - you have to take your hat off. The longer they batted the more they started to take the game away from us. We really were on the back foot.

"They ground themselves into a winning position. Unfortunately when the pressure was on us with the bat we weren't able to answer it."

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see also
Lancashire set up winning chance
10 Apr 11 |  Counties
Brown century gives Lancs control
09 Apr 11 |  Counties
Chapple haul gives Lancs the edge
08 Apr 11 |  Counties

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