Anderson takes early control
Lancashire V Derbyshire
Saturday 07 May 2005
James Anderson bounced back from a disappointing winter with England to continue his impressive start to the season for Lancashire yesterday.
Reduced to the role of a spectator for most of the tour to South Africa - he played only one Test during the long trip - Anderson has seized the opportunity to play again. And yesterday he claimed four wickets as Derbyshire slipped to 193 for 8 by tea on the first day of this County Championship Second Division match.
Anderson bowled well during Lancashire's opening draw against Somerset but struggled for fluency in last week's victory at Worcester, when Graeme Hick hit a brilliant 176. But he began to look more like an international bowler again yesterday after Derbyshire had won the toss and decided to bat.
Anderson helped reduce Derbyshire to 80 for 6 at lunch with three early victims before returning to end a 94-run seventh-wicket stand between Ant Botha and Luke Sutton, who was unbeaten on 88 at tea.
The former Derbyshire captain Dominic Cork, who left two winters ago in acrimonious circumstances, began the slide by removing the opener Steve Stubbings in the fourth over of the day, when he edged a front-foot drive to the Australia batsman Brad Hodge in the gully.
Anderson caught the eye during a hostile spell from the Stretford End, knocking out the off-stumps of Jonathan Moss and Hassan Adnan.
Glen Chapple, returning after breaking his hand during pre-season, claimed an important first victim of the campaign by removing Michael di Venuto with a lifting delivery which the Australian edged behind.
The Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan induced James Bryant, brought in at late notice after Chris Bassano fell ill, into pushing forward and edging to slip.
Anderson finished off the morning collapse by giving Hodge, whose arrival from Australia had been delayed by a hernia operation, his second catch on his debut when Graeme Welch edged to third slip.
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