James Anderson started his LV=CC 2014 in the most emphatic of fashions as he flattened Nottinghamshire with his splendid 5/54 for Lancashire.
If we English fans were searching a reason for optimism, we have surely found one now. Anderson was the one that gifted it to us on the opening day of the LV=CC 2014 as he grabbed a five-for to make sure that his side were on top.
The right armer, who is the England's leading wicket taker across all formats has an unbelievable record at Trent Bridge with 49 wickets next to his name in a mere seven matches. Of course, it is obvious that he was always going to prove too hot to handle for the Outlaws as they ended the day at 270/9 with bad light stopping the play.
With skipper Glen Chapple and Kyle Hogg not in the team, Lancashire's seemed a relatively weaker team. However, Kabir Ali didn't let his side make their presence felt whereas Anderson alone makes up for two bowlers. Ali was the first one to strike as he cleaned Mullaney's off-stump before Anderson struck twice to grasp Phil Jacques and Michael Lumb who played on to his stump.
At 20/3 Samit Patel (93) started the rescuing process to take their side to lunch without further hiccups. Though, as is Anderson's habit, striking straightaway after a break, he did the very same to take his third wicket of the day when he had Rikki Wessels on 39 when he had two of his stumps rattled off a beauty.
Despite losing a wicket early in the session, Patel and Hales didn't panic and steadied the ship as the afternoon session proved to be good for the home side with the just one wicket going down. But, Lancashire ensured that they didn't let Patel and Hales build a massive stand as Wayne White finally had the former on 93 down the leg side, the flood of wickets started hence with five wickets going down for just 60 with the English star grabbing two more scalps, much to the delight of the men from Old Trafford.
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