County Championship round-up: Adams returns to haunt Lancashire

 

Every bowler has a favourite opponent, but when he refers to his "bunny" it is usually one individual batsman he is talking about. In the case of Andre Adams, the Nottinghamshire seam and swing specialist, he could almost apply the term to the whole Lancashire team.

The 36-year-old New Zealander, in the prime of his effectiveness in the latter stages of his career, has taken 24 wickets in his last three matches against the 2011 County Champions – 10 at Southport last July, another 10 at Old Trafford last month and four in the current match.

His four victims yesterday before rain denied him the chance for any more enabled him to overtake Graham Onions as the country's leading wicket-taker on 39, although he did have to buy his wickets, to a certain extent, as Lancashire supplemented a measured unbeaten 63 from Ashwell Prince with some profitable bursts of counter-attack after Nottinghamshire had chosen to bowl first.

Karl Brown's eight fours in a 24-ball 34 included eight in three overs against Adams, although the Nottinghamshire bowler had the last word when Brown, expansively seeking a fourth boundary off the reel, was taken brilliantly by a diving Samit Patel at third slip.

If Adams has a genuine Lancashire bunny, it is Stephen Moore, who he has dismissed seven times in six matches. Moore could blame only himself on this occasion, deflecting the ball on to his stumps as he tried to avoid one that swung in. Luke Procter, never comfortable, fished at several away swingers before nicking one to third slip before Gareth Cross, another who had opted for aggressive tactics, found James Taylor lurking at deep square leg as Adams fed his taste for the pull. Lancashire finished on 203 for 6.

In what is so far proving a wretched season, Durham appeared to have allowed one of their more promising overnight positions to be somewhat devalued when they lost their last five wickets for 49 inside the first hour against Warwickshire to be all out for 277 at Chester-le-Street.

Yet it looked less of a calamity when they bowled Warwickshire for 197, although they then lost two second innings wickets for 20. Durham's attack lacked Graham Onions, but Chris Rushworth picked up five more yesterday in another excellent performance.

Surrey were dismissed for 124 after Sussex put them in at Horsham, where James Anyon and Steve Magoffin took four wickets each and Mark Ramprakash made only eight on his recall. Middlesex are doing somewhat better. After claiming four wickets from the first 10 balls of the day as Somerset slumped to 173 all out, Chris Rogers scored 173 on his own as a stand of 245 with Joe Denly (105 not out) put them in a commanding position at Lord's.

Voices
On the last day of campaigning before the polling booths open, the SNP leader has written to voters in a final attempt to convince them to vote for independence
voicesIs a huge gamble on oil keeping the First Minister up at night?
Sport
A 'Sir Alex Feguson' tattoo
football

Arts and Entertainment
Liam Neeson said he wouldn't
tv

Liam Neeson's Downton dreams

Voices
voicesApple continually kill off smaller app developers, and that's no good for anyone
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Ben Whishaw is replacing Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington Bear
tv

Thriller is set in the secret world of British espionage

Life and Style
life

News
ScienceGallery: Otherwise known as 'the best damn photos of space you'll see till 2015'
Travel
travelWhy Japan's love hotels are thriving through an economic downturn
Life and Style
fashion

Bomber jacket worn by Mary Berry sells out within an hour

Life and Style
Alexander McQueen A/W 2014
fashionPolitics aside, tartan is on-trend again this season
Arts and Entertainment
Rapper Jay Z performs on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury in 2008
musicSinger sued over use of the single-syllable sample in 'Run This Town'
Sport
Joel jumps over the board...and into a giant hole
footballFrom joy to despair in a matter of seconds
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Pointless host Alexander Armstrong will voice Danger Mouse on CBBC
tv

Much-loved cartoon character returns - without Sir David Jason

Arts and Entertainment
Meera Syal was a member of the team that created Goodness Gracious Me
tv

Actress to appear in second series of the hugely popular crime drama

Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week