All-round Chapple lifts Lancashire

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Glen Chapple starred with bat and ball as Lancashire took control on the second day of their LV= County Championship match with Warwickshire at Aigburth.

After hitting a crucial 44 off just 49 deliveries to help last season’s champions post 250 in their first innings, the veteran seamer claimed two wickets – including that of Ian Bell – to leave the visitors 68 for five in reply at the end of day two.

Chapple struck with the fourth ball of Warwickshire's innings as Varun Chopra was caught by wicketkeeper Gareth Cross without scoring.

Neil Carter, who smashed the window of a van with a leg-side six, followed in the fourth over when he edged Kyle Hogg behind.

After Bell had become Cross’ third victim, Warwickshire were reduced to 38 for four when Steven Croft pulled off a fine catch at short-leg to dismiss Jim Troughton for three off left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan’s second ball.

Gary Keedy then trapped Will Porterfield lbw for 21 just before the close to leave Troughton’s men in real trouble.


Jim Troughton falls to Simon Kerrigan as Warwickshire's top order fails to fire. They closed on 68 for five in reply to Lancashire's 250

Earlier, Darren Maddy – who ended the day not out on 16 – claimed four for 39 as Lancashire found it tough going with the bat.

Resuming on 125 for five, the Red Rose added just 47 runs in 32 overs in the morning session.

The first eight overs of the day were all maidens and, with no runs scored in the final two overs of the previous day’s play, it meant Lancashire did not add to their tally for 61 deliveries before a Wright wide got the scoreboard moving.

The bowler made amends five balls later as nightwatchman Keedy slapped the ball straight to Keith Barker at point.

Luke Procter and Cross upped the run-rate, putting on 43 before the Lancashire keeper edged a wide delivery from Wright to Tim Ambrose.

Chapple quickly passed Procter, who was on 30 when his skipper came to the crease, and contributed 38 to their fifty partnership, which came up in just 74 balls.

A short rain delay and an early tea interval halted their march and Chapple fell in the second over after the restart, caught by Chopra at first slip off Maddy.

Procter’s gritty knock ended four overs later as he was trapped lbw by Maddy for 46.

Hogg secured Lancashire’s second batting point with a four, but they were the final runs as Kerrigan became Maddy’s fourth victim, edging behind.

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