Anderson hands Lancashire victory
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James Anderson completed a 10-wicket match haul as Lancashire sealed a 60-run win over Northamptonshire in their first match without Peter Moores at the helm.
Moores has already started work as England Head Coach and will be thankful to have Anderson at his services in that role, as the seamer claimed the first two wickets on the final morning at Wantage Road to tee up victory and finish with combined figures 10-89.
Northamptonshire resumed today on 145 for five, with 95 still to get, but instead mustered only 34 as the Red Rose finished the job in just 15 overs. It gave them a first win of the season and left the hosts, who were also promoted last year, still looking for theirs.
James Middlebrook, 78 not out overnight, resumed alongside Ben Duckett as Anderson opened the bowling with skipper Glen Chapple.
Anderson got Lancashire going with the second ball of his third over, snapping up a low return catch off Duckett's leading edge to send him back for 26.
Middlebrook caught at gully by Prince http://t.co/OPIIu0apwM — Lancashire CCC (@LancsCCC) April 30, 2014
Just two runs were added before Anderson struck again, former team-mate Steven Crook attempting to pull a short ball from outside off stump only to be caught by Luke Procter at mid-on.
That allowed Anderson to finish with 5-41, a statement of intent ahead of the international summer.
Northants retained a theoretical chance as long as Middlebrook remained but when he drilled Chapple to the waiting Ashwell Prince at gully on 87, the result was all but settled.
Kabir Ali applied the finishing touches, having Olly Stone caught behind and bowling Muhammad Azhar Ullah to close with 3-17 as Lancashire banked 19 points.
Off the field, the Red Rose announced the appointment of former club captain Mark Chilton to the coaching staff.
Although Chapple has taken an expanded leadership role in Moores' absence, a vacancy behind the scenes was still created and Chilton, who retired in 2011, will be a popular choice at Old Trafford.