Tahir makes short work of Lancashire
Leg-spinner Imran Tahir bowled Hampshire to their second LV= County Championship win of the season, against Lancashire at Liverpool.
The 30-year-old overseas signing, who was born in Pakistan but has qualified for South Africa, claimed four wickets before lunch to finish with figures of 6-108 from 32.5 overs as the hosts plunged to 254 all out in their second innings.
Facing a first-innings deficit of 137 Lancashire lost their last eight wickets for 78 in 28 overs at Aigburth.
Michael Carberry led the way for Hampshire in their pursuit of just 118 with 62 not out off 73 balls, including seven fours and a six. The visitors knocked the runs off in 23.1 overs to win this Division One fixture by 10 wickets.
Mal Loye top scored for the hosts with 55 but was Tahir’s first wicket last night. Andrew Flintoff, resuming the day on 36, reached 54 before he was caught by Michael Lumb in the slips attempting to pull Dimitri Mascarenhas.
Flintoff swept Tahir for six and cut him for four to reach his first fifty since December off 79 balls with nine fours and a maximum.
He did not look overly happy with Peter Willey’s decision to give him out when the ball looped over the head of wicketkeeper Nic Pothas to Lumb running round from slip after an attempted pull.
Flintoff’s 86-ball 54 was his first half-century for Lancashire since the Twenty20 Cup quarter-final defeat against Middlesex last July.
He was the first wicket of the day and the score was 176 for three in the 52nd over. It was a procession from there on until just after lunch.
VVS Laxman was run out by Jimmy Adams attempting a needless second run to square leg. Then Kyle Hogg, Steven Croft and Francois du Plessis all departed to Tahir. Croft and du Plessis were caught at short leg and Hogg at first slip.
Luke Sutton (17) was the next to go, presenting a catch to Chris Benham at third slip off the bowling of Chris Tremlett and Sajid Mahmood was caught behind off the bowling of Tahir just before lunch.
Glen Chapple swept the spinner for two sixes in his first two overs after lunch as he added an unbeaten 34 off 52 balls but Gary Keedy was caught at first slip by Dominic Cork to end the innings.
Tahir has now taken 18 wickets in his last four innings against Lancashire.
Lancashire gave the new ball to Flintoff from the River End and brought their left-arm spinner Keedy into the attack from the Pavilion End in the fifth over.
Flintoff bowled three overs for 12 runs before he was replaced by captain Chapple.
Carberry and Adams (46 not out off 66 balls) knocked off the runs in confident fashion as Carberry reached his fifty in 55 balls with six fours and one six. Hampshire take 20 points from the match.