Lancashire rocked by Southport loss

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Andre Adams

Andre Adams finished with 10 wickets in the match as Nottinghamshire inflicted a damaging defeat on title-chasing Lancashire at Southport

Darren Pattinson and Andre Adams dented Lancashire’s Division One title bid as Nottinghamshire won their first LV= County Championship match in eight attempts by 129 runs inside three days at Southport.

Resuming the third day at eight without loss in pursuit of 258, the hosts subsided to 128 all out midway through the afternoon session.

Pattinson, who had taken three in Lancashire’s first innings, then clinched his first five-wicket haul of the season and only his third since making his only Test appearance for England against South Africa at Headingley Carnegie three years ago.

The 31-year-old finished with 5-44 from 19 overs as Nottinghamshire took 20 points. Adams claimed figures of 4-51 from 18 to return match figures of 10-122 after his six in the first innings.

Second-placed Lancashire, who claimed only three points, are now two behind leaders Durham with both having played 11 matches.

Warwickshire, the Red Rose’s next opponents, sit 11 points further back in third, although they have a game in hand on the top two.

Home opener Stephen Moore started the day brightly by pulling Pattinson for six onto the adjacent railway line but he was the first to go when he was caught at first slip by Alex Hales for 14 off the same bowler, leaving the score at 37 for one in the 12th over.

Paul Horton was then bowled as Adams took two wickets in two balls in the 16th, with Mark Chilton edging behind to Chris Read for a golden duck.

Steven Croft fell to the same combination as Chilton and Lancashire were well and truly on the back foot at 51 for four after 21 overs.

Karl Brown, dropped on one by Hales at slip, and Tom Smith made it through to lunch without any further alarms, adding another 28 to the total.

Brown dug in against some penetrative bowling and managed to take two boundaries off Adams just before the break, one a flick through midwicket and the second an eye-catching cover drive.

Lancashire’s number three, however, failed to add to his personal score of 23 or the home total, falling three balls into the afternoon session when he played down the wrong line to Pattinson and lost his off stump.

Smith and Gareth Cross then added 24 to the tally before they were part of a lower-order collapse that saw the last five wickets fall for 25.

Smith edged Adams to Adam Voges at second slip for 19 before Cross, on 15, inside-edged Pattinson onto his stumps in the 42nd over.

Kyle Hogg then edged Pattinson to Voges three balls later for nought before Glen Chapple was bowled off his pads to give Pattinson five and virtually secure the home side’s fate at 114 for nine in the 46th over.

Luke Fletcher wrapped up the away win less than five overs later when he had Simon Kerrigan caught at mid-off by Graeme White.

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