Adams steals the show
Nottinghamshire secured their third win of the LV= County Championship season by wrapping up a convincing 185-run victory over struggling Lancashire at Old Trafford.
Resuming the final day on 39 for five, needing a further 289 runs for what would have been an unlikely triumph, Lancashire were bowled out for 142 in their second innings before lunch.
Andre Adams, who returned career-best figures 7-32 in Lancashire’s first outing, recorded his sixth 10-wicket haul in first-class cricket as he finished with 3-18 off 12 overs, while Stuart Broad claimed 3-67 and England spinners Graeme Swann and Samit Patel took two wickets apiece.
It leaves defending champions Lancashire third from bottom of the Division One table having lost three and drawn one of their opening four fixtures.
Gareth Cross and Luke Procter survived the opening 40 minutes of the day before Adams struck, trapping the former lbw for 19.
The New Zealander had a hand in the next wicket too as a delivery from Broad seemed to loop up off the forearm of Tom Smith – batting with a runner having suffered a hamstring injury on the opening morning of the match – and Adams took a comfortable catch at third slip to leave Lancashire 88 for seven.
Procter tried to lead the home side’s recovery as he and skipper Glen Chapple - who launched Swann for six over mid-off to take his side into three figures - put on 39 for the eighth wicket.
But the off-spinner got his revenge off the last ball of the 45th over when Chapple went down the pitch, missed, and was bowled for 26.
James Anderson, having fallen to a first-ball duck to Swann in the first innings, survived seven deliveries in his second before he was caught by Alex Hales at slip off the first ball he faced from another England team-mate, Patel.
With nine wickets down just before lunch, Nottinghamshire – who clinched the 2010 title in the last championship match to be played on this ground - were allowed to delay the lunch break and complete the win.
The visitors confirmed the 19 points when Simon Kerrigan chipped a Patel delivery straight to Broad at mid-on, leaving Procter not out on 41.