England spin hopeful Simon Kerrigan fails to impress as Lancashire's Glen Chapple undoes Notts
Lancashire 225 & 55-2 Nottinghamshire 261
Liverpool cricket club
Monday 14 July 2014
Simon Kerrigan, who England hoped will be the answer to their spin problem, looked anything but on Monday as Lancashire kept themselves in this game by bowling out Nottinghamshire for 261 on a cool, blustery day that offered little evidence of any impending heatwave.
The 25-year-old left-arm spinner, who joined up with England on Monday night with a return to the side to face India at Lord’s on Thursday presumably under serious consideration for selection, bowled seven overs in the afternoon session.
He conceded two fours in his first three balls with a couple of loose full tosses and was withdrawn wicketless from the attack when the new ball became due. After finishing the innings with figures of 10-1-37-0, there was nothing to contradict the assessment he offered on Sunday that his recovery from the effects of conceding 53 runs in eight overs against Australia on his Test debut at The Oval last year remains a work in progress.
Nottinghamshire’s collapse had nothing to do with him. Instead it was largely down to the skills of Glen Chapple, whose 963 first-class wickets never won him a single cap. Nottinghamshire slipped from 235 for 5 to 261 all out, with the 40-year-old maestro of seam and swing dismissing Peter Siddle, Chris Read and Luke Fletcher in the space of 10 deliveries as the last four wickets fell for nine runs, keeping Lancashire’s first-innings deficit to 36.
The one wicket that did fall to spin was claimed by Steven Croft, the off-spinner, who benefited from an unusual piece of wicketkeeping from Jos Buttler, standing up, who dropped an edge from Riki Wessels but trapped the ball between his pads, from where he retrieved it in the manner of a stage magician.
Movement off the pitch and through the air meant batting remained as hazardous as it had on day one, and Wessels’s 46 was the highest score apart from Steven Mullaney, who was dropped four times in making 82.
Nonetheless, it was a disappointing effort by Nottinghamshire as they seek the win that would put them into a clear lead in the Championship.
Michael Lumb edged behind to Chapple’s fifth ball of the day, before Mullaney was leg-before to Tom Smith. James Taylor bottom edged into his stumps, Samit Patel edged to second slip and, facing the second new ball, Chris Read miscued a pull as Nottinghamshire’s chances of a sizeable lead disappeared.
But then Siddle, bowling what may be his final new ball spell for Nottinghamshire, dismissed both Lancashire openers before bad light hastened the close, with the home side 19 in front.
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