Anderson shines at Hove
James Anderson warmed up for the international summer with some outstanding fast bowling for Lancashire on the opening day of their LV= County Championship match at Hove.
With the first npower Test at Lord's just a fortnight away, the 26-year-old’s exemplary control of line and length meant it was hard work for Sussex until Ed Joyce and Robin Martin-Jenkins led a counter-attack in the final hour which took their side to 247 for five at stumps.
In five spells, Anderson took 3-47 in 25 overs and was unfortunate not to finish with better figures.
Only Joyce, who will resume 11 short of a maiden century for his new county, played him with any degree of confidence.
Anderson made the breakthrough in the 17th over, after switching ends to bowl up the Hove slope, when he had Chris Nash athletically caught by wicketkeeper Luke Sutton to his left off an inside edge.
Skipper Glen Chapple also bowled a consistent off-stump line but Michael Yardy and Joyce, making his Championship debut following his winter move from Middlesex, seemed to have given their side a measure of control with a stand of 73 in 31 overs for the second wicket.
Joyce was dropped by Paul Horton at slip on 32 when the ball deflected out of his hands and hit him above his left eye.
But Joyce and Yardy took the score to 116 before three wickets in 10 overs before tea tilted the balance Lancashire's way.
Anderson got overdue reward in his third spell when he swung one into Yardy's pads and Chapple then struck in successive overs.
Murray Goodwin was well held low down at third slip by Ashwell Prince before Horton, who had just returned to the field following treatment, held a stinging catch at slip off Matt Prior's expansive drive.
Anderson took his third wicket after tea when he held a sprawling catch in his follow through after Luke Wright had inside-edged onto his pads.
But with Sajid Mahmood wayward, batting became easier even when Lancashire took the new ball, and Joyce and Martin-Jenkins added an undefeated 87 in 26 overs for the sixth wicket.
Joyce has so far faced 218 balls and hit five fours but Martin-Jenkins was more aggressive, reaching his half-century in the final over of the day.
He will resume on 52 having faced 94 deliveries with seven boundaries, the majority coming with meaty drives through the off-side.