England's wish to find some cricket for James Anderson ahead of the Test series against Bangladesh seemed to shape the course of events on an extraordinary day at Edgbaston, where Lancashire bowled out Warwickshire for 113 then collapsed to 33 for 6 before finishing on 152 for 8 as 20 wickets fell in the day.
Anderson played no part in England's Twenty20 World Cup triumph but the national selectors reached an agreement with Lancashire for him to join this match at the half-way stage, replacing debutant Luke Procter. What no one anticipated – particularly after Lancashire scored 323 for 8 on the opening day – was that the half-way point would arrive with Anderson barely out of his car following an eight-hour flight and a two-and-a-half-hour drive to Birmingham. By the end of the day, he was not bowling but batting.
Lancashire were all out for 354 after 40 minutes of the day, Steven Croft unbeaten on 89, but Warwickshire then lost their first six wickets in roughly the same amount of time as Glen Chapple and Saj Mahmood ran riot. Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell went for six and five as Warwickshire staggered to 22 for 6. By the time Anderson was having his first stretches they were 99 for 9, 255 behind. Chapple finished with 5 for 27 and Neil Carter, bizarrely, was 69 not out.
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