Andre Adams haul dampens Lancashire spirits

LV= County Championship - Division One, Southport
Close, day one: Nottinghamshire 203, Lancashire 86-4
Lancs 3pts, Notts 2pts
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Stephen Moore
Lancashire batsman Stephen Moore is hit by a delivery from Nottinghamshire paceman Andre Adams on a day when 14 wickets fell at Southport

Andre Adams took three late wickets to lead the Nottinghamshire fightback after championship challengers Lancashire had bossed much of day one.

Kyle Hogg (5-28) took a triple-wicket maiden at Southport as Nottinghamshire slid to 27-5 after electing to bat.

Late order runs from Adams (33), Graeme White (32), Darren Pattinson (35no) and Luke Fletcher (25) helped Notts rebuild to finally post 203.

Adams then reduced Lancashire from 67-0 to 68-3 before they closed on 86-4.

He struck three times in the space of 15 balls, removing Stephen Moore lbw, and Paul Horton and Mark Chilton both caught behind to leave the contest intriguingly poised.

Lancashire began their game in hand on leaders Durham knowing a six-point haul would take them top of the table.

And they could have hardly hoped for a better start as Hogg swung the ball with venom as reigning county champions Notts slumped from 27-1 to 27-5 in the pace of nine balls.

Tom Smith trapped Riki Wessels lbw before Hogg, who had already removed Neil Edwards, had Alex Hales caught behind, Adam Voges lbw and bowled Steven Mullaney to celebrate a triple-wicket maiden.

Samit Patel (37) began the Nottinghamshire recovery, but with both he and Chris Read out before lunch, it was left to the tail to see their side to respectability.

Adams and White shared 65 for the eighth wicket, and Pattinson a vital 58 for the last with Fletcher to secure a single batting bonus point.


BBC Radio Lancashire's Liam Bradford:

"Lancashire could have been forgiven for thinking they were on course for a great day at Southport.

"They restricted their visitors to 203 all out in their first innings, Kyle Hogg taking 5-28 in a brilliant spell, and they started well with the bat too, reaching 67-0 before the wrath of the Nottinghamshire bowlers, and Andre Adams (3-31), was felt.

"Around 2,600 people crammed into the Southport and Birkdale Sports Club, the biggest crowd for Lancashire in the championship this season and it's the first time they've played here since 1999.

"The cricket didn't fail to entertain the masses either. So warm and so entertained were the crowd, they sold out of ice cream and beer on the opening day. Who said there's no appetite for championship cricket?"