Adams leads Notts fightback
Nottinghamshire’s veteran New Zealander Andre Adams stole the show on day two of the LV= County Championship match against reigning Division One champions Lancashire.
The visitors finished 145 ahead for the loss of two second-innings wickets, but only after Adams shone, taking 7-32 to dismiss the Red Rose for just 146.
James Anderson, who suffered bruising to his thumb yesterday but was cleared of any break after a trip to hospital, managed just one over in Nottinghamshire’s second innings before leaving the field with illness.
He briefly re-emerged to field for one over but returned to the dressing room after a conversation with the umpires – presumably about what he needed to do to be able to bowl again in the morning.
Graeme Swann had the best day of the returning England trio - Stuart Broad also played - chipping in with 3-26.
Lancashire resumed in a strong position, on 48 for one in response to 169 all out, but lost Paul Horton to Adams’ third ball of the morning.
Stephen Moore made a promising 43, driving well down the ground, before becoming Adams’ next victim to make it 83 for three.
Ashwell Prince and Steven Croft attempted to dig in but the former was last man out before lunch when, after collecting back-to-back fours off Broad, he turned Swann’s second ball to short-leg.
Alex Hales dropped Croft on 17 and Lancashire took lunch at 129 for four. After that interval came a rout; 17 runs were added for the loss of six wickets.
Adams continued to enjoy a starring role, taking two wickets in as many balls in the second over of the afternoon’s play to complete his five-for.
Croft attempted an ambitious cut but feathered to Chris Read for 20, while Gareth Cross nicked his first ball to Hales at slip.
Tom Smith, batting with a runner due to a hamstring complaint, negotiated the hat-trick ball but Adams was not to be stopped for long.
He had the all-rounder caught at gully for an 11-ball duck and continued his remarkable spell when Neil Edwards held on to remove Glen Chapple.
Chapple had earlier struck Swann for a mighty six, but the England spinner finished well by ending Luke Procter’s hour-long defiance and then bowling his international colleague Anderson with the next ball.
As he had on day one, Chapple bowled a fine opening spell, dismissing Hales cheaply and conceding just five runs in eight overs. That was the visitors’ only loss as they reached 29 at tea.
With Anderson and Smith both unavailable, Lancashire were severely stretched in the bowling department. Edwards and Michael Lumb duly put on a slow-but-steady stand of 79 before the former fell lbw for 40 to Simon Kerrigan.
At stumps Nottinghamshire were 122 for two, with Lumb 40 not out and Samit Patel 21.